How Long Will Your Vegetables Last?

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Potential storage life of fresh garden fruit and vegetables varies greatly, depending on the crop, its garden history, and the variety. Here are some general guidelines, assuming proper storage, of course.

For detailed information on storing your garden vegetables, see Keeping the Harvest Fresh.

Less than 2 weeks 2 to 4 weeks 4 to 8 weeks 8 to 10 weeks
Asparagus
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Cantaloupe
Corn
Cucumber
Green onions
Kale
Leaf lettuce
Lima beans
Okra
Parsley
Peas
Spinach
Ripe tomatoes
Watermelon
Artichokes
Brussels sprouts
Celery
Eggplant
Endive
Green beans
Head lettuce
Honeydew melon
Peppers
Summer squash
Partially ripe tomatoes
Carrots
Green tomatoes
Leeks
New potatoes
Radishes
Rutabagas
Turnips
Beets
Cabbage
Dry onions
Garlic
Mature potatoes
Parsnips
Sweet potatoes
Turnips
Winter squash
Yams

by Kathryn Khosla
October 1998
from issue #17


posted in: Preserving (Canning, Drying, Freezing)