What is the shelf life of nectarines? (whole and cut)

Nectarines are delicious fruits that are low in calories and packed with vitamins. You’ll often see them for sale at your fruit and vegetable store or farmer’s market, but how long do these products last? Here’s what you need to know about the shelf life of nectarines.

How long does nectarine fruit stay fresh?

Nectarines stay fresh for varying lengths of time depending on how they were harvested and stored after being picked.

If you buy a bunch of nectarines from a grocery store, they will be ready to eat right away. If you get them directly from a farm, however, they may not be ripe enough to eat yet. The best way to tell if nectarines are ripe is by feeling their skin. It should feel soft and yield slightly when pressed. The color of the rind should also be bright yellow with no green spots.

Now let’s take a closer look at whole and cut nectarines with their shelf life.

Fresh nectarines (whole) 

Whole nectarine
  • Room temperature: 2 to 3 days or until ripe
  • Refrigerator: 3 to 5 days once ripe
  • Freezer: 10 to 12 months (best quality) 

The precise answer to this question depends to a large extent on the storage conditions. If stored in the right conditions, nectarines ripen in 2-3 days at room temperature (around 20°C). Once ripe, they can be kept for up to five days in the refrigerator and up to a year in the freezer. 

The best way to store them is to place them in the fridge or freezer as soon as you get home from the market. This will ensure that they stay fresh for longer.

If you want to know more about how long your fruit should last before it goes bad, check out our guide to fruits and vegetables. Store nectarines in a dry place. 

Fresh nectarines (cut) 

  • Refrigerator: 3 to 4 days
  • Freezer: 10 to 12 months (best quality) 

How long do cut nectarines last?

When cut, nectarines can be stored in your refrigerator for 3 to 4 days and in your freezer for 10 to 12 months (best quality).

Carefully wrap cut nectarines with plastic wrap or aluminum foil before storing them in the refrigerator, or store them in an airtight container. 

How do ripen I nectarines faster? 

To speed up ripening, put the nectarines in a kraft paper bag, seal it, and leave it on your kitchen counter. 

Do not refrigerate nectarines until they are fully ripe. If you let them ripen at room temperature, they will be tastier and juicier. 

To extend the shelf life of fully ripe nectarines, place them in a plastic bag and refrigerate them. For best results, bring nectarines to room temperature before using them. 

How long do nectarines keep in the fridge? 

Very ripe nectarines will keep for about 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator. 

Can you freeze nectarines? 

Yes, but they will be very soft. You can also freeze them in a plastic bag and then thaw them out when ready to use. I have frozen them for several months without any problems.

To freeze nectarines;

  • Wash, pit, and cut them in half or slices.
  • Coat them with a solution of ½ teaspoon of ascorbic acid to 6 tablespoons of cold water to prevent them from turning black. 
  • Add 125 g of sugar per 300 g of nectarines and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Store everything in the freezer in an airtight container or heavy-duty freezer bag. 

How long do nectarines keep in the freezer? 

If stored in the right conditions, nectarines maintain optimum quality for about 10 to 12 months in the freezer but remain safe to eat beyond this period. 

How do you know if nectarines are expired? 

Spoiled nectarines usually become very soft, become covered in dark spots, and begin to ooze. Discard nectarines if mold appears or if they smell or look unusual. 

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