Narrator: This is Science Today. The next time you slice up a lot of fresh fruit, you can rest assured that the fruit will keep well in the refrigerator for the rest of the week. In fact, it turns out that sliced fruit that's been stored in the fridge for up to nine days will remain as nutritious as the day it was cut. Adel Kader, a post-harvest expert at the University of California , Davis , led a team of researchers who measured disease-fighting antioxidants in the cut fruit over a nine-day period.
Kader: If you cut fruit, either at home or if you buy fresh-cut fruit, as long as you keep them in the refrigerator until they're consumed, their nutritional quality remains quite high. You get freshly harvested watermelons and you cut them, they're going to last longer than if you purchase them after several days through the distribution system when they have already started to deteriorate.
Narrator: Kader, who has been studying the flavor and nutritional quality of fruit for over three decades, says in some cases fruit today is better than it was in the past.
Kader: The plant breeders have been selecting for better nutritional quality in addition to better flavor.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.