How long does Produce keep?

Raw fruits are safe at room temperature, but after ripening, will mold and rot quickly. For best quality, store ripe fruit in the refrigerator or prepare and freeze.
This chart assumes that you are buying your fruit in a retail store. Shelve life will increase dramatically if you are able to buy your produce directly from the source. For example, assuming you have the proper storage area and are able to buy your apples during harvest, than they will easily last for 6 month or longer.
Fruit Shelf Refrigerator Freezer
Apples 1-2 days 3 weeks Cooked, 8 month
Apricots Until ripe 2-3 days Halves, 8 month
Avocados Until ripe 3-4 days No
Bananas Until ripe 2 days, skin
will blacken
whole peeled, 1 month
Berries, cherries No 1-2 days 4 months
Citrus fruit 10 days 1-2 weeks No
Coconuts, fruits 1 week 2-3 weeks Shredded, 6 months
Grapes 1 day 1 week Whole, 1 mo.
Kiwi fruit Until ripe 3-4 days No
Melons 1-2 days 3-4 days Balls, 1 mo.
Papaya, mango 3-5 days 1 week Sliced, 8 months
Peaches, nectarines Until ripe 3-4 days Sliced, 8 months
Pears 3-5 days 3-4 days No
Plums 3-5 days 3-4 days Halves, 8 month
Vegetable Shelf Raw, refrigerated Blanched, cooked or frozen
Artichokes, whole 1-2 days 1-2 weeks No
Asparagus No 3-4 days 8 months
Beans, green
or wax
No 3-4 days 8 months
Beets 1 day 7-10 days 6-8 months
Cabbage No 1-2 weeks 10-12 months
Carrots, parsnips No 2 weeks 10-12 months
Celery No 1-2 weeks 10-12 months
Cucumbers No 4-5 days No
Eggplant 1 day 3-4 days 6-8 months
Garlic,
ginger root
2 days 1-2 weeks 1 month
Greens No 1-2 days 10-12 months
Herbs, fresh No 7-10 days 1-2 months
Leeks No 1-2 weeks 10-12 months
Lettuce, iceberg No 1-2 weeks No
Lettuce, leaf No 3-7 days No
Mushrooms No 2-3 days 10-12 months
Okra No 2-3 days 10-12 months
Onions, dry 2-3 weeks 2 months 10-12 months
Spring or green No 1-2 weeks
Peppers, bell
or chili
No 4-5 days 6-8 months
Potatoes 1-2 months 1-2 weeks Cooked and mashed,
10-12 months
Rutabagas 1 week 2 weeks 8-10 months
Spinach No 1-2 days 10-12 months
Squash, summer No 4-5 days 10-12 months
Winter 1 week 2 weeks
Turnips No 2 weeks 8-10 months
Tomatoes Until ripe 2-3 days 2 months

Storage: main - baked - dry - frozen - produce - refrigerated

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