16 Fruits That Last the Longest (If You Know How to Store Them)

You bring home a crop of fresh fruit with the best intentions to make salads and smoothies, only to watch those bananas, berries and mangoes slowly rot on your countertop a week later. Wouldn’t it be nice to know the shelf life of your farmers market haul—especially as inflation squeezes your grocery budget—so you can enjoy your produce instead of tossing it in the trash? Here, 16 fruits that last the longest (you know, as long as you store them correctly).

How to make fruits last longer, according to the experts:

According to the USDA, refrigerating fruit will prolong its shelf life with one small caveat: Some fruits produce ethylene gas, which speeds ripening, and you should keep ethylene-producing fruits (like apples, ripe bananas, kiwis and stone fruit) away from ethylene-sensitive ones (think strawberries, raspberries, watermelon and unripe bananas).

How to Store Fruit So It Lasts As Long As Possible, No Matter What Type

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1. Apples

Apples will last about a week at room temperature—not bad. But if you store them in the crisper drawer of your fridge, they’ll stay fresh up to two months, says the USDA’s FoodKeeper app.

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2. Passionfruit

This tropical fruit might not be the most common in your kitchen, but it’s worth putting on your grocery list: The tart fruit can last up to five weeks in the refrigerator.

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3. Pomegranate

Fun fact: The word “pomegranate” derives from the Latin for “seeded apple,” and while it’s not technically in the same family, it lasts about as long. A pomegranate can keep in the fridge for up to a month, and about a week at room temp.

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4. Cranberries

Most berries are delicate and fleeting, but thicker-skinned cranberries are a bit sturdier. They’ll last up to four weeks if stored in the fridge.

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5. Oranges

With their tough, protective rind, oranges will hold up well in the fridge for three to four weeks. If you can’t resist a bowl of oranges on your kitchen table, they’ll stay fresh for about one week.

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6. Lemons

Like oranges, lemons are pretty hardy: Rind intact, they’ll last for about a month in your fridge and about a week at room temperature. (Want to keep them fresh even longer? Here’s how.)

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7. Limes

Limes will typically stay fresh for about a week at room temperature, but you can prolong their freshness for up to three weeks in the fridge. (If the limes are cut, cover them in plastic wrap or beeswax wrap and they’ll last up to seven days, according to the experts at Masterclass.)

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8. Grapefruit

This bittersweet citrus fruit can rest on your countertop for about a week. You’ll want to transfer it to the fridge once it’s ripe, where it will keep for up to three weeks.

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9. Clementines

These lil’ guys (and their older siblings, mandarins) will keep for about two weeks in the fridge, but you can also store them at room temp for about one week—easy access for snacking, you know?

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10. Watermelon

Skip the precut stuff in favor of a whole melon. At room temp, it’ll last about a week, and in the fridge, it’ll stay fresh for up to two weeks. (And once it’s ripe, make a watermelon cucumber salad with it.)

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11. Grapes

Grapes will keep their crunch for one to two weeks in a bowl or ventilated bag in the fridge. Only wash them right before eating to keep them at their peak.

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12. Cantaloupe

Uncut, this sweet melon will last about two weeks in the fridge and about one week on the countertop, depending on its ripeness when you buy it.

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13. Kiwi

A kiwi can last a pretty long time in the fridge: about a month for a very firm one, and about ten days for a ripe one. (Again, ripeness is a huge factor here.)

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14. Blueberries

Thanks to their resilient outer skin, blueberries will keep for one to one and a half weeks in the refrigerator. (They’ll only last a day or two at room temp, though.) To prolong their shelf life, pick out and discard any overripe or moldy berries to prevent them from ruining the whole batch, and keep them out of the crisper for better air circulation.

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15. Cherries

Cherries will last for about a week if you keep them dry and cold. Store them between layers of paper towels in the fridge to maximize their freshness.

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16. Mango

Sweet and juicy, a ripe mango will stay fresh for about a week when stored in the fridge. At room temperature, an unripe mango can last up to seven days. Once it’s ripe, it’ll go fast (in about three days).


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Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City...