How Long Your Fresh Produce Will Really Last


Produce How Long It Lasts Tips for Fresh Produce
Apples 4-8 weeks in the fridge It’s OK if your apple has a few brown spots. Those can be cut away. But if it looks wrinkled or feels mushy, it’s time to toss.
Avocado 4-7 days at room temperature Peel off the stem. If the skin underneath is green, the avocado is ripe. It’ll also give in to light pressure when squeezed.
Bananas 2-5 days at room temperature   Bananas are best when they’re yellow and have just started to develop brown spots. A ripe banana will be easy to peel.
Broccoli   7-14 days in the fridge    Your broccoli should have a rich, green color. It’s best to eat when the stems feel firm, not limp.
Carrots   3-4 weeks in the fridge    Carrots are past their prime when they feel limp or have developed a white, grainy look. If you bought carrots with their greens on, it’s best to cut the greens off and store them separately.
Cucumbers   1 week in the fridge    Your cucumber should have a bright and even green color throughout. Discard if it has any sunken areas, is yellow or has wrinkly skin.
Garlic   3-6 months at room temperature   Garlic in its prime will feel firm and have an off-white color. If it’s grown any sprouts, peel them away before cooking. Pass up garlic that has turned tan or looks wrinkly.
Iceberg and romaine lettuce 7-10 days in the fridge     If your greens look discolored, feel soggy or have a rotten smell, it’s time to discard.
Lemons   3-4 weeks in the fridge    Healthy lemons will be bright yellow and slightly firm to the touch. It’s overripe if it has soft spots, dark blotches or is oozing juice.
Onions   2-3 months at room temperature    A good onion will look clean and feel firm. Moisture and soft spots can be a sign it’s gone bad.
Oranges   3-4 weeks in the fridge    Juicy oranges will look bright and feel slightly firm to the touch. Check to see that there are no soft spots.
Potatoes   3-5 weeks in the pantry    A good potato will feel firm and smell like earth. It’s OK if it has small sprouts, but if the sprouts are longer than a few centimeters, your potato may have gone bad.
Tomatoes   1 week at room temperature    Ready-to-eat tomatoes will feel firm when slightly squeezed and seem slightly heavy compared with their size.
Watermelon   7 to 10 days at room temperature    Tap on the side. If the melon sounds hollow, it’s good to eat. Also, it should feel firm when pressed but not hard as a rock.
Whole mushrooms    7-10 days in the fridge    If the mushroom feels sticky or slimy, it’s bad. Whole mushrooms will keep longer than sliced mushrooms.
Zucchini   4-5 days in the fridge  Your summer squash should be firm yet slightly flexible and have glossy skin. If the zucchini looks gray, it may be overly ripe.

 

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