How Long Does Eggplant Last?

How long does eggplant last? Eggplant can last for 2 to 3 weeks if properly stored. The shelf life of eggplant depends when they were picked and how they are stored.

Eggplant is technically a fruit, but since everyone uses them as a vegetable (sort of like a tomato), we list it under vegetables. Eggplants can appear in slightly different shapes and color variations depending on where they originated, most common are the Italian eggplant (pictured) and the Chinese eggplant.

Choose an eggplant that is smooth, firm and free from blemishes. Choose the size of eggplant depending upon what you will do with it. Larger ones make a nice eggplant parmesan whereas smaller ones make easier to eat fried eggplant. The entire eggplant, except the stem, is edible.

So, how long does eggplant last? When properly stored, the shelf life of fresh eggplant past its picked or purchased date is approximately ...

Eggplant Expiration Date

Counter Refrigerator Freezer
Eggplant (Whole) last for 4-5 Days 2-3 Weeks 9-12 Months (blanch first)
Eggplant (Cut) last for 30 minutes (before turning brown) 3-4 Days 9-12 Months (blanch first)

Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember that eggplant, like a lot of other fresh vegetables, usually do not have a use by date or a best before date so you will have to use the date purchased or date picked.

How to tell if Eggplant is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety techniques will help prevent foodborne illness.

Some common traits of bad eggplant is a wrinkled or shriveled up skin and a super softness when touched. An eggplant, which has an off-white colored flesh, will turn brown in color under the skin once it has aged.

Cut eggplant will also begin to turn brown from oxidation and then it will start to become slimy to the touch.

There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled foods so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your foods before their shelf life has expired!

How to store Eggplant to extend its shelf life?

Eggplant is best kept in the refrigerator, preferably in the vegetable drawer.

For a long term storage option, eggplant can be frozen if blanched first and then placed in an airtight freezer safe container.

Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

How long is Eggplant good for when prepared in a dish?

How long does eggplant last? That depends. How long do breadcrumbs last? In general, foods last only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the dish with which they are mixed.

What are our shelf life resources?

In determining how long Eggplant lasts, our 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 and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of Eggplant.

*An important note about expiration dates...

Although the Eggplant 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 and not a replacement for your health care professional. Please eat responsibly!