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