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

This article is outdated. Maybe an update is in order. If you separate your bananas, they will last up to a week, plus they are actually more nutritional once the skin begins to brown. Report
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EVIE4NOW
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Thanks for the chart. Good need-to-know information! Report
ROSSYFLOSSY
Good to know. Report
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Great information, however, some of my veggies and fruits last longer. I think it depends on the type of refrigerator for some items. Report
Good reminder. Report
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Thanks for this information! Still true today! Report
Glad my veggies last longer than the guidlines. Report
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Some of the fruits and veggies we buy, who knows when they put them in the produce section--that being said we shouldn't be buying fresh stuff as it may be not the best when we buy it. Some fruits and veggies do last longer than what this article suggests 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.