Fruits and Vegetables that Last a Long Time

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Fresh fruits and vegetables are tasty, healthy and, sadly, get tossed in the trash at an alarming rate. American families throw out about 25 percent of the food they buy and spoiled produce in the home is a major source of food waste.

Here are seven popular fruits and vegetables that can last a long time when properly stored (click on the links to find detailed shelf life information and storage tips):

•         Onions:

They’ll last for 2-3 months in your pantry. Don’t store onions near potatoes – they’ll both spoil faster.


•         Apples:

Will keep for 3-4 weeks in the refrigerator. You can also keep them at room temperature for one to three days.


•         Potatoes:

Will last for 1-2 weeks at room temperature; 2-3 months in a cooler area. Potatoes shouldn’t be stored in the fridge — refrigeration could cause them to darken and become sweet during cooking.


•         Carrots:

Will keep for 3-4 weeks in the refrigerator. Keep in a plastic bag in the crisper.


•         Garlic:

Will last for 3-5 months in a cool, well-ventilated area.


•         Celery:

Will keep for 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator. Wrapping celery tightly in aluminum foil can help keep it fresh.


•         Oranges:

They’ll keep for 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator. You can also keep oranges for a week at room temperature.

Purchasing fruits and vegetables with a fairly long shelf life can help you save money, eat healthier and cut down on food waste 🙂 🙂

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