Avocado Shelf Life: How Long Do Avocados Last?

What is the average shelf life of an avocado? How long do avocados last in the pantry, refrigerator, or freezer? What is the best way to store avocados to increase their shelf life? Find out the answers to these questions and more below:

Shelf Life of an Avocado

Whole7 Days or Until Ripe3-5 Days Once Ripe6 Months
Cut1 Hour2-3 Days Once Ripe6 Months

How to Store Avocados

Store unripe avocados in a paper bag that has been folded down at room temperature. Make sure the avocados are not in direct sunlight. Check on the avocado frequently to make sure it hasn’t over ripened. Storing avocados incorrectly can lead to mushy overripe avocados.

To store a ripe avocado, place it in a sealed plastic bag or container inside the refrigerator. Do not keep ripe avocados at room temperature.

Cut or sliced avocados will brown quickly. To avoid discoloration, coat the avocado in lemon or lime juice and wrap the avocado in tight plastic wrap. Place the avocado in the refrigerator in an airtight container or plastic bag.

Frozen avocados will last up to six months in the freezer. First, clean and cut the avocado in half. Remove the pit and peel the avocado. Puree the avocado and sprinkle with lemon or lime juice. Finally, transfer the avocado to an airtight plastic container or freezer bag and place in the freezer.

How to Tell if an Avocado is Bad or Spoiled

There are several ways to tell if an avocado is bad or spoiled:

  • Check for mold or holes on the outside of the avocado..
  • Check the texture of the avocado. If the avocado is too soft, discard it.
  • If the avocado is frozen, check for discoloration or browning.