The Shelf Life of Fruits and Vegetables

In addition to storing your fruits and veggies properly, it's good to know approximately how long the fresh stuff will last. Plan your trip to the grocery or farmer's market accordingly so that your foods are at the peak of freshness when you plan to prepare them, and you're not throwing away food that's gone bad before you get a chance to use it.
 

So, how long will it last?


Once you've brought it home and stored it properly, you can prioritize your produce. First, eat the things that will spoil quickly, such as lettuce and berries. Save the longer-lasting foods (like eggplant and oranges) for later in the week.

 
1-2 Days 2-4 Days 4-6 Days 7+ Days
Artichokes
Asparagus
Bananas
Basil
Broccoli
Cherries
Corn
Dill
Green beans
Mushrooms
Strawberries
Watercress



 
Arugula
Avocados
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Grapes
Lettuce
Limes
Pineapple
Zucchini








 
Apricots
Blueberries
Brussels sprouts
Cauliflower
Grapefruit
Leeks
Lemons
Oranges
Oregano
Parsley
Peaches
Pears
Peppers
Plums
Spinach
Tomatoes
Watermelon
Apples
Beets
Cabbage
Carrots
Celery
Garlic
Hard Squash
Onions
Potatoes







 
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Member Comments

Mushrooms can keep for a week in the fridge if you put them in a brown paper bag. It breathes so they do not turn mushy. Even if they get darker, you can still slice them up for a saute. Zuchinni last much longer also, just keep them in a cool place but not the fridge. Many people put all veggies and fruits in the fridge and most do not like it. Peppers, tomatoes do better out of the fridge just on the counter. I have had store bought toms last over a week, fresh ones for almost 2 weeks. Depends on the ripeness when picked. Report
some good guidelines - not 100% accurate but quite helpful Report
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Not very accurate! Most of the items in the 1-2 day list last much longer. I can't find bananas that are even ripe enough to eat for 3-4 days. Report
CECTARR
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ROSSYFLOSSY
Great information. Report
Good info. Thanks. Report
Great summary! Report
Sometimes longer Report


 

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Stepfanie Romine
A former newspaper reporter, Stepfanie now writes about nutrition, health, fitness and cooking. She is a certified Ashtanga yoga teacher who enjoys running, international travel and all kinds of vegetables. See all of Stepfanie's articles.