How Long Do Apricots Last?

How long do apricots last? Apricots are a very delicate fruit that will last only a few days on the counter after being picked. Actually, the shelf life of apricots depends when they were picked and how they are stored.

Apricots come in different varieties, like most fruits, with our favorite being the Blenheim. It's generally a little smaller than other varieties but packed with flavor.

Apricots range in color from solid light yellow to a bright orange and often have patches of red. Avoid any with shades of green as they are not yet ripe and will be hard and sour to taste. They do not continue to ripen after leaving the tree.

So, how long do apricots last? When properly stored, the shelf life of fresh apricots past their picked or purchased date is approximately ...

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Apricots Expiration Date

Counter Refrigerator Freezer
Apricots (Whole) last for 1-3 Days 7-10 Days 5-6 Months
Apricots (Cut) last for 2-4 Hours 1-2 Days 5-6 Months

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

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

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

A common traits of bad apricots are a very soft shape and exaggeration of any bruises. Older apricots get very soft and juicy making them difficult to eat fresh, but they actually make great jam or dried apricots (if you have a dehydrator) at this point.

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 Apricots to extend their shelf life?

Apricots are best kept in the refrigerator until ready to use as they will age quickly on the counter.

Cut fruits should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for extended shelf life. The juice leaks from fresh cut apricots fairly quickly and they will become mushy and brown before long. You can dip them into lemon juice to keep them from browning, but they will still soften and soon sit in their own juice.

For a long term storage option, dried apricots are an excellent sweet treat. Simply halve and place into a dehydrator. Dried apricots freeze well too.

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

How long are Apricots good for when prepared in a dish?

How long do apricots last? That depends. How long do lemons 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 Apricots 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 Apricots.

*An important note about expiration dates...

Although the Apricots 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!

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