Shelf Talk

How Long Can Fruit Be Left Out At Room Temperature?

 

How long can fresh fruit be left out at room temperature? Most whole, fresh fruits can sit out at room temperature for a least a full day without suffering any quality loss — and many fruits will keep well for up to a week unrefrigerated. The exception is cut-up or sliced fruit, which will remain safe for only about 2 hours at room temperature.

Whether you’re stashing away some apples in your office drawer for a quick, healthy snack or taking some plums along with you on a road trip, it’s important to know just how long specfiic fresh fruits can sit out and remain safe to eat.

Here’s how long some more common fruits can be left to sit out unrefrigerated:

 FRESH, WHOLE FRUIT:

SHELF LIFE AT ROOM TEMPERATURE

Apples

5 to 7 days

Oranges

5 to 7 days

Avocados

4 to 7 days

Bananas

2 to 5 days

Peaches

1 to 3 days

Cherries

1 day

Pears

1 to 4 days

Plums

2 to 3 days

Strawberries

1 day

Blueberries

1 day

Raspberries

1 day

Grapes

1 day

 

 

Cut-Up Fruit

2 hours at room temperature

 

 

 

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