How Long Does Grapefruit Last?

The shelf life of grapefruit, like most other fresh fruits or fresh vegetables is variable because most have no sell by date, use by date, or best before date. Since there is no printed date and it's difficult to tell how long the fruit has been on the grocery shelf prior to purchase, the only date you can go by is the purchased date or date picked (if you are lucky enough to pick your own fresh fruit).

There are many different varieties of grapefruit which are generally characterized by the color of the flesh. Although the skin can range in color from yellow to almost red, it is the flesh color that is used to determine a white, pink or red grapefruit. With color comes a range of tartness.

Because of their relatively long Shelf Life, easy portability and extremely high concentration of antioxidents, vitamin C and fiber grapefruit is one of the most popular fruits among the health conscious. So, how long do grapefruit last? When properly stored, some of the more popular expiration dates of grapefruit can be found below.

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Grapefruit Expiration Date

Counter Refrigerator
Fresh Grapefruit lasts for 2-3 Weeks 5-6 Weeks
Cut Grapefruit last for Same Day 2-3 Days

Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. Sometimes when they are packaged in a large bag or box it is labeled with the date the grapefruit were packed into the container. This date can be used to calculate the eat by date.

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

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

Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your grapefruit has gone bad beyond the shelf life. Some common traits of bad grapefruit are a soft texture and some discoloration of the skin. The soft spot then becomes moist and can develops mold, usually white in color at first, and the grapefruit should then be tossed.

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 Grapefruit to extend its shelf life?

You can help grapefruit stay fresh longer by storing them in your refrigerator drawer. Once grapefruit is cut, they should be stored in a tightly closed container or wrapped in plastic wrap in order to keep out moisture and other contaminants.

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

Interesting facts about Grapefruit:

  • Most grapefruit in North America come from Florida and Texas
  • How to use extra before your Grapefruit goes bad?

  • Make grapefruit juice! Cut and squeeze the grapefruit into a glass or container, then refrigerate and drink within a day.
  • How long is Grapefruit good for when prepared in a dish?

    How long does grapefruit last? That depends. How long do bananas last? In general, grapefruit lasts only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the recipe.

    What are our shelf life resources?

    In determining how long Grapefruit 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 Grapefruit.

    *An important note about expiration dates...

    Although the Grapefruit 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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