Changing How You Shop Can Make Your Fruit Last for Weeks

Jessica Penner, RDNutrition, Virtual Grocery Store Tour7 Comments

We go through a LOT of fruit in our house! I don’t want to be running to the grocery store every couple of days just to keep up with our fruit habit! So I started to strategically buy a variety of fruit that I could space out over a couple of weeks. That way we could enjoy fresh fruit for a couple of weeks without anything going bad on us!

This works well for the North American way of grocery shopping. Unless you live in a very urban area, your closest grocery store is probably not within walking distance… or if it is, the prices are more expensive! It’s cheaper to buy larger quantities of food and store it at home. I have a mini warehouse in my basement with cans of tomatoes and coconut milk lining the shelves.

I’ve lived in Germany, where the city layouts are very different. In most places, there’s a grocery store along your walk home from work. The big bulk stores don’t really exist, or don’t offer a significant discount. So picking up fresh food every couple of days is no big deal. C’est la vie. Additionally, the fridges, freezers, and pantries are smaller so it’s not possible to have a store house at home.

Some might say one way is better than the other. Having experienced both I would say they’re just different! There are pros and cons to each style.

your new shopping strategy

In any case, this is the strategy I’ve adopted for shopping and preserving fruit, in my North American context.

I group all fruit into the five groups below, and when I’m shopping I buy a fruit from each group. If you eat them within the time frame suggested for each group, you should find that you always have fresh, ripe fruit available in your home, with minimal spoilage!

Group A (eat immediately)

  • Ripe avocado
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries

Group B (eat within a few days)

  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Ripe yellow bananas
  • Grapes
  • Ripe pears

Group C (eat within a week… make sure to choose firm stone fruit)

  • Cherries
  • Apricots
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Plums
  • Kiwis
  • Firm avocado
  • Unripe green bananas
  • Pineapple

Group D (will last a couple of weeks)

  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew melon
  • Pomegranate
  • Mangoes

Group E (will last several weeks in the fridge)

  • Firm pears
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit

Unless noted, this guide is referencing WHOLE, uncut fruit. Once the fruit has been cut, use within a few days.

If you want this guide in a handy printable form (or one you can save as an image on your phone you can reference when you’re at the store!), just enter your email and I’ll send it to you!

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