How Long Do Avocados Last?

Avocados are a unique fruit and over the years they’ve gained so much popularity. They’re a must-have in any healthy diet since they’re high in fiber,  good fats, and vitamins. Not to mention that they’re delicious. 

However, knowing how to store avocados may be challenging, especially when the difference between ripe and usable avocados and mushy and useless avocado can ruin a well-planned avocado toast/ meal, and also make some people dislike avocados. Whether you’re for healthy living or not, avocados are fruits that will be in your possession from time to time, for one thing, or the other, and it will be vital that you know how to store your avocado.

The life span of avocado has determinable factors, for instance, ripe and unripe or sliced and whole. Most stores sell ripe and unripe avocados, and the lifespan will depend on whichever one you buy. Unripe avocados will last about a week or more on your kitchen counter, if you want them to ripen faster you can wrap them up in a paper bag and place them in a warm place, eg a drawer. While refrigerating or freezing unripe avocados will delay their ripening for a long while or even prevent them from ripening properly; the bottom line is that you should not refrigerate unripe avocados, it’s safer this way.

Once an avocado is ripe, it’s best to eat it immediately as it will automatically be on the road to decaying. It’s best to prevent buying overripe avocados if you’re not going to eat them the same day as they may go bad the next day. Normally ripe avocados are quite solid compared to overripe avocados that are extremely mushy, and they can last that day or the next at room temperature, anything after that is against caution. You can also refrigerate ripe avocados for 3-5 days or freeze them for 3-6 months. Half avocados will last a day in the fridge, they are not so great for freezing.

Mashed avocados will last a day in the fridge and about 3-6 months in the freezer. 

How do you know when avocados go bad?

It’s tough to tell if an avocado is rotten just by looking at it. This is because it retains a dark color comparable to that of ripe fruit. You can observe whether the flesh beneath the stem is brown or not when you remove the stem. If the avocado is brown, it is past its prime.

If there is mold forming underneath the bottom of the stem, this is another sign that the avocado has gone rotten. If you can’t swiftly remove the stem, it’s still unripe and can be used once it has become ripe. Cutting an avocado open is the most reliable way to determine if it has gone rotten. If the avocado has any black or brown-colored flesh, it has gone bad. Any green sections of the flesh, on the other hand, can be used.

When you squeeze the avocado, it should feel squishy or mushy, this will indicate that it has gone rotten. When you also cut up an avocado that has gone sour, the flesh will emit a foul odor.

How long do avocados last at room temperature?

Ripe Avocados will last a day or two at room temperature, while unripe avocados will last about 4-7 days, if they are wrapped up in paper bags, they’ll last 2-4 days. Halved avocados will only last a day in the fridge because you cannot successfully keep them at room temperature without them spoiling, same goes for mashed avocados. However mashed avocados will last longer in the freezer so it is best to freeze them.

How long do avocados last in the fridge?

Unripe avocados should not be refrigerated because it can cause their ripening process to be extremely slow, or just not happen at all. If you do wish to store these types of avocados in the fridge, you’ll have to wait for them to become ripe, and then they can go in the fridge for 3-5 days.

You can also refrigerate an avocado half for 24 hours, Keep the pit (the large brown seed) inside the half you want to keep. This will expose the avocados’ halved surface area to the least amount of air and moisture. To keep the flesh from browning, brush it with a little lemon juice, lime juice, or oil. Wrap in plastic wrap or put in a plastic container or plastic zipper bag to keep it airtight. This will it allow exit or moisture to speed up the avocado’s decaying process.

Mashed avocados will also last a day in the refrigerator, you should consider mixing some lemon or lime juice in the mashed avocado to prevent it from browning, and pack it in an airtight bag or container. 

Can you freeze avocados?

Just like many other fruits, avocados can be frozen as well, however, these are the pros and cons;

  • Do not freeze or refrigerate unripe avocados; if you have a lot at your disposal, it’s best to wait for them to become ripe before freezing them.
  • You can freeze ripe avocados; simply place the avocados in the freezer for a few minutes. It’s ideal to use avocados that are almost ripe because the defrosting process will make them soft.
  • It is also possible to freeze half an avocado; you should freeze the half on a baking sheet first, then transfer it to a bag or airtight container. However, we highly advise that mash your half avocado before you preserve or freeze.
  • Mashed avocados can also be frozen; mix some lemon or lime juice with the mash to prevent it from browning, then spread out the mash on a suitable container and freeze, this will make it way easy for the avocado mash to defrost.

How long does it take to freeze avocados?

It should take about 2-3 hours to completely freeze an avocado. But after inspection and you realize that it hasn’t frozen properly, you can give it some extra hours or best still, overnight.

How long do avocados last in the freezer?

Everything lasts longer in the freezer. For avocados; they will last 3-6 months in the freezer. You should note that this doesn’t apply to unripe avocados.

How long do avocados last in cold storage?

Cold storage is the safest way to prevent almost anything from decaying faster. Unripe avocados do not need to be kept in cold storage till they are ripe. Ripe avocados will last 3-4 days in the refrigerator and 3-6 months in the freezer. When mashed or halved, an avocado is best kept in the freezer where it will also last for about 3-6 months.

Best way to store avocados

As mentioned above, the best way to store an avocado will depend on its nature. Unripe avocados are best stored at room temperature, while ripe ones should be stored in the fridge or freezer, depending on how long before they are used. 3-6 days in the fridge, 3-6 months in the freezer. Mashed and halved should only spend a day in the fridge, while they can spend 3-6 months in the freezer. 

Note however that mashing your avocado half before storing it, is the best. 


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