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How Long Do Avocados Last?

How Long Do Avocados Last?

Shelf Life of Avocados

How Long Do Avocados Last? The shelf life of avacados depends mostly on how the avocado is stored because there is no sell by date, use by date or best before date attached anywhere to fruits like avocados. Yes, even though avocados are mostly used for salads and sandwiches (as in “California style”), avocados are actually a fruit that grows on avocado trees. They are best known for their monounsaturated fatty acids which are good for the cardiovascular system but their oil also hydrates and toughens skin cells. Basically, the avocados sell by date is the date you purchased the avocado. So, how long do avocados last? When properly stored, the shelf life of avocados past the date purchased is approximately …

(Unopened) Shelf Fridge
Fresh Avocados lasts for 3-4 Days 7-10 Days
Homemade Guacamole lasts for 3-4 Hours 1-2 Days

How to tell if avocados are bad, rotten or spoiled?

A perfect avocado is a dark green color and the avocados firmness will give just a little when pressed. An avocado has most probably gone bad when it is black and you can leave an indent in the avocado with a gentle press of your finger. A good avocado is a light green color when cut open and an avocado that has gone bad will be brown or even black on the inside of the avocado. So, before this happens to your avocado you better know how to guacamole.

How to store avocados to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. Even though avocados are actually fruit, they are best kept in the refrigerator drawer that is marked for fresh produce. Once avocados are ripe, keeping them in the refrigerator will make them last several days longer. If they are left on the counter, they will continue to ripen. If your avocado is not yet ripe, read our page on ‎how to ripen an avocado.

Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste. Also, make sure you practice proper hygiene and food safety discipline as it will help prevent food borne illness.

What if you have too many ripe avocados?

How to Guacamole
How to make guacamole with avocados is a very important thing to know before guests arrive for your fiesta and a great use of too many avocados! Try this simple avocado guacamole recipe if you do have too many avocados. To make avocado guacamole just smash your avocados up with some tomatoes, onions, garlic, jalapeno, lime juice, salt & pepper and dip your chips away – that’s how to guacamole! And don’t forget to leave the avocado pit in the middle of your guacamole dip to keep it looking fresh and green for hours.
Then be sure to read our how long does guacamole last page.

Interesting Facts about Avocados

  • Avocados are grown year round in California, where 90% of the worlds crop is grown.
  • There are 7 varieties of avocados, but 95% of the crop is the Haas variety.
  • Avocados get even creamer if heated, but don’t cook them. Slice them in half, remove the pit and squirt with lemon juice then olive oil and grill for a minute per side.

  • How long are fresh avocados good for when prepared in a dish?

    How long do avocados last? That depends on ingredients other than avocados. How long do tomatoes last? In general, avocados are usually one of the quickest expiring ingredients in a dish, but you still should be aware of the expiration dates of the other ingredients in the recipe. To find out how long the ingredients other than avocados are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date
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    What are our shelf life resources?

    Our how long do avocados last content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles about avocados and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of avocados.

    *An important note about expiration dates …

    Although the avocado shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion. Please eat responsibly!