COVID-19: When Staying at Home, What Produce Lasts the Longest

Source: HangzhouTube, CGTN

As people stock up on food and essential items, many might be wondering how long their produce will last at home. 

The news staff gathered some food items which can last from weeks to months.

Apples and Pears 

Apples and pears are the longest lasting fruit if stored properly. Apples can last up to 4 months in the fridge. If you want to keep them fresh, put them in a plastic bag in your fridge's crisper and away from other vegetables.


Beets can also last 2-4 months in the crisper. Although not everyone's a fan of this very red vegetable, they are known to have low calories while packing in many of the nutrients and vitamins we need.


Onions are one of the longest-lasting vegetables out there. If kept in a dark and cool place (ideally between -1 and 10 degrees Celcius or 30 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit) onions can stay for a year.


Potatoes are another long-lasting root vegetable. They are good for 2-4 months if kept in a cool, dark and dry place.

Carrots & Cabbage

Carrots need a little extra care to keep fresh, but if you place them in a bag, wrapped in paper towels to absorb moisture, they can be good for months at a time. Just remember to change the towels when they become wet. After cooking the carrots, they should be eaten within the week. 

Many varieties of squash are known to last 2-3 months on the counter and like carrots, they should be eaten rather quickly after being cooked.

Cabbage also needs a little love to stay fresh longer. Any bruising will seriously cut their freshness time, so handle with care. Also, don't wash them until they're ready to be used. Lastly, keep them in your fridge's hydrator section and they can last up to two months.

Lemons and Limes

Lemons and limes can last for a couple of weeks on the counter, and if you'd like them to stay fresh longer then keep them unwrapped in the fridge. They should be good for a couple of months.


Oranges have the same shelf life as their lemony citrus cousins... a few weeks on the shelf and a couple of months in the fridge.