How to Prevent Fruit from Turning Brown

How to prevent fruit from turning brown

Want to prevent apples, bananas, and other fruits from turning brown? It only takes one ingredient!

A few months ago I brought sliced apples over to a friend’s house and they were perplexed as to how and why they hadn’t turned brown. I thought everybody knew the trick on how to prevent cut fruits like apples and bananas from turning brown, but I was wrong! As it turns out, the little trick I’ve used all along isn’t as well-known as I thought and yet it’s so easy! I cut multiple apples at a time, use this little trick, and keep them in the fridge for days! Of course it’s best to eat certain fruits as soon as possible after cutting them, but it’s so helpful to know how to prevent fruit from turning brown.

Before I get into the explanation, I just wanted to talk for a minute about the photo shown. I wish I could say I came up with this cute idea to create palm trees and sand out of fruit, however, I didn’t. I originally found this cute idea on Pinterest (which I have a slight addiction to). Unfortunately I couldn’t find a link back to the original poster, so this is just a shout out to whomever came up with this that it’s the cutest thing I’ve seen in a long time! :)

If you want to make it yourself, you’ll need 2 oranges, 2 bananas, and 4-5 kiwi fruits sliced.

How to Prevent Fruit from Turning Brown

How to prevent fruit from turning brown


  • Sliced fruit that turns brown as it gets exposed to oxygen, like apples, bananas, and pears
  • Lemon Juice


  1. Any time you cut fruits like bananas, pears, and apples that you don’t want to turn brown, simply squeeze some lemon juice over them. You can use fresh, or bottled lemon juice (which I usually have on hand).  No need to measure a certain amount, just squeeze a generous amount over the fruit and toss the fruit to coat. Make sure to cover the fruit tightly with plastic wrap, or place it in an air-tight container until you are ready to eat it.

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  1. Dorothy Snow Hurley

    Great Recipes So glad I found this site..

  2. Does putting lemon juice on the fruit alter the taste? I would think you would taste the lemon juice on the fruit?

  3. Another good tip that I learned when I was looking up healthy snacks for my girl scout troop: core and cut apples, then soak in water for 3-5 minutes. Next soak in lemon-lime soda for another 3-5 minutes. And then take out and put in a Baggie. You can store them for a while(not sure how long….maybe next time we will do that as an experiment). :)

  4. Great tips. You helped me a lot! I am doing a science experiment at school, and I have to wrIte a report with 500 words! I am stuck on 300. Are there any other helpful tips that you know of?

  5. Camellia Anne 'Cammy' Phillips

    Why does everyone comment on sliced bananas? I want to know if there is any way to keep bananas from turning brown when they still have their skin on them? I wonder how the produce department in most supermarkets do it? I have known about sliced fruit and lemon juice for a long time but no one addresses unsliced fruit. Any information you could provide will be very much appreciated.
    Thanking you in advance for your anticipated help in this matter.
    Cammy Phillips

  6. So you never said your trick on how to keep fruit from turning brown! That is what I signed onto this page for!

    • Hi Patti, if you scroll down to the bottom you’ll see the instructions. All you need is a little lemon juice! Fresh or bottled, doesn’t matter. Just squeeze some lemon juice over apples, bananas, etc., and they won’t turn brown.

  7. Pineapple juice works too.

  8. You can put the lemon juice in a spray bottle also and lightly spray the fruit.

  9. Great tips. Thanks Ashley

  10. Using freshly squeezed Orange juice works well also and the sweetness of it can help boost the flavor of the other fruits! :D

  11. Supermarkets cover their bananas with brown paper to prevent them ripening. Leave them covered and I believe you will experience the same delay.

  12. Thanks for the tips I will try pineapple juice I’m making a fruit flag for 4th of July the blueberries go in corner and mix ox bananas and strawberries alternated on skewers to make stripes wish me luck!!!

  13. After I assemble fruit flag can I refrigerate it or will fruit brown even after being brushed with citrus juice?

  14. I did learn using lemon juice as a child to prevent fruit from browning. My mother was a fabulous baker, but not so wonderful cook. I thought everyone knew about lemon juice.

  15. Should I refrigerate cut
    .bananas after brushing them with citrus juice

  16. Thanks for all the great tips! Having chocolate fountain at baby shower…was perplexed about how to keeps the bananas pretty!

  17. Hi,
    This helped me a lot! Does this trick work for juicing also? I juiced pear and apple and minute later it turned brown. Any tips??

  18. Use fresh fruit on your cut apples or bananas. It comes in a shaker like your seasonings. You just sprinkle some over the cut fruit and it prevents the browning. Haven’t tried on banana but did on a cut apple and it lasted over a week, then it got ate. This doesn’t alter the taste!6

  19. To the person asking about unpeeled bananas……if you wrap aluminum foil around the top of the bunch where they all come together as soon as you get them and leave it on, the browning process slows down by about half. A bunch of bananas will stay yellow for about 1 1/2 weeks

  20. I put bananas in a zip lock bag & place them in the frig last a lot longer.

  21. I have never heard of this before either but I just had a thought. If you pour the lemon juice over the fruit wouldn’t it give it a lemony taste? Would it work too if you were to put the lemon juice in a spray bottle and spritz it on, hopefully enough to preserve the fruit but not overpower it in lemon flavor?

  22. You can also freeze bananas with their peel on and just thaw it for a bit when you’re ready to use. Thanks for the tip about the lemon juice Ashley!

  23. I found Sprite works the best. I use it as all the time and the food can sit out for entire party we have.

  24. Thanks for this wonderful idea, I will definitely try it Ashley!!

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