How Long Do Oranges Last? The Interesting Answer Reveal And More!

It is a fact that fruits and vegetables are referred to as perishable goods and can only last for a certain period. Like most people, I was often curious about how long oranges last, in particular.

Oranges are my favorite citrus fruit. They are delicious and packed with nutrients. As one who grows a few orange trees in my backyard, I have come to observe when the fruits actually last.

This knowledge, for me, is very beneficial to know and will usefully for many of you as well. In this article, I will answer the intriguing question of how long do oranges last. Additionally, I will let you in on some important information about oranges.

How Long Do Oranges Last?

How Long Do Oranges Last

I have planted and watched my orange trees grow for some time now and observed how long orange fruits last. For starters, living the fruit on the tree can make it last longer. In addition, they also become sweeter when left on the tree.

However, this will also depend on variety in which case the Valencia type will last the longest. Although upon noticing that the oranges begin to fall from the tree means they are beginning to become overripe and needs to be harvested.

At room temperature, however, I have experience oranges for about a week upon harvest. After that, they will begin to deteriorate. Under humid environment, oranges can deteriorate faster because of moisture.

If in case the oranges were cut open, never leave it for more than 2 hours on room temperature and no longer an hour under humid conditions based on my personal experience.

Refrigerating oranges can help it last longer than leaving it at room temperature. I like keeping my oranges in the vegetable drawer so it can last for a good two to four weeks.

Low temperature can prevent the growth of molds and as a result, prolonging the oranges’ shelf life. Be that as it may, I still check my oranges from time to time to see if there are pieces that might have mold growth so I can immediately discard them.

Signs That Oranges Have Gone Bad

As I have discussed, oranges only have a certain period after they are harvested before they go bad. Here are some good indicators to determine if your oranges have already gone bad.

  • Becoming Soft - A good indicator I often check to know if my oranges have gone bad is if it has gone soft. Fresh oranges are firm. Oranges that have gone bad or past its shelf life become soft. In my personal experience, it is best to discard oranges that have become soft upon noticing it.
  • Discoloration - Another noticeable factor I have discovered is the discoloration on its skin. At first, I usually find white mold forming that would spread and turn green. These discolorations will eventually turn into dark and soft patches that indicate rotten parts of the orange.
  • Smell - This is something that I generally check when it comes to all fruits. It is a great indicator if a fruit, in this case, the orange is already spoiled. Newly harvested oranges have a tangy and fresh scent to it. Oranges that have gone bad, on the other hand, have a strong, fermented-like scent to it.

Bonus Information: How To Correctly Harvest Oranges

As an additional information that is greatly beneficial, here is how to correctly harvest oranges. Correct way harvesting and storage can also contribute to how long the oranges last.

How Long Do Oranges Last

1. What I usually do at first is to check if the oranges are ripe enough to be harvested. When I first started growing orange trees, I didn’t know if the oranges were ready to be harvested until I noticed a few of the already falling from the tree.

Although that can be an effective way to know the oranges are ready for harvest, I discovered that I can also just pick a piece and do a simple taste test. Juicy, fresh and sweet fruits are definitely ready to be picked.

2. The next thing I do is to pick the oranges by hand. I gently grasp the orange and give it a good twist until it comes off or detaches itself from the branch. I do this carefully to make sure that I don’t damage any branches.

On other occasions, I also use scissors or plant snips to cut the stems from the branch which is a great alternative to pulling the oranges by hand. I put all my harvested oranges in a basket or a plastic bin.

3. The next thing I do is to check on the oranges that have fallen from the tree. I also gather these oranges, but I carefully check if the oranges are still firm and without any broken skin. Oranges that fall from the tree could become soft easily and have broken skin that can cause it to go bad easily. 

(Tip: For the fruits that are too high or out of reach, use a ladder for easier reach. Shaking the tree branches so the fruits will loosen and eventually fall from the tree.)

To see how this is done, watch this video


In conclusion, oranges last the longest when they are left on the tree. At room temperature, oranges can last around a week but could be less depending on the humidity of the environment.

If stored at a low temperature, this helps oranges last for about two to four weeks. Additionally, when signs of spoilage are noticed, it is best to discard the pieces that have evidently gone bad.

Was this article able to answer the question of how long do oranges last? Were you able to pick up some useful information about oranges?

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Dan Harris

Hi. I'm Dan Harris. My wife and I started gardening 5 years ago. Neither one of us had any gardening background but we loved the idea of growing our own organic food. Over the years, our garden has almost doubled in size and I’ve learned a lot from my season’s successes and failures. I’ve been excited to share my own beginning knowledge and special skills with all garden lovers.

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