How Long Do Grapes Last?

You’ve bought an extra bag of grapes to take advantage of a sale. Now it sits in the fridge, and you’re wondering how long do grapes last.

Or maybe you forgot about the bunch that’s in the fridge, and now you’re searching for ways to make them stay fresh for longer and not go bad.

Either way, it’s time to learn a bit about shelf life, storage practices, and signs of spoilage of grapes.

If that’s what you’re searching for, read on.

Grapes on palm

How Long Do Grapes Last?

Grapes last for about 5 to 10 days in the fridge and between 2 and 4 days on the counter. That’s the gist of it.

Whether your grapes are going to end up on the lower or upper end of the spectrum depends on the fruit’s quality and freshness.

If the grapes were harvested and bagged a day or two ago, the stems are green, and the fruit plump, they’ll last quite some time.

Grape stems
Grape stems: most greenish, one or two brown already

On the other hand, if the bag sat in the produce section for three or four days, the grapes will keep for only a few days. And you’ll likely have to discard some of them.

Tip

If you want your grapes to last the longest, buy them in the farmer’s market, where they’re usually fresh, instead of the supermarket.

Pantry/On the counterFridge
Grapes2 – 4 days5 – 10 days
The periods above are estimates only.
Sprig of grapes on a plate
Sprig of grapes on a plate

How Do You Know When Grapes Are Bad?

Discard the grapes if:

  • They’re moldy. Any furry action means the fruit is no longer safe to eat.
  • They’re super soft, oozing liquid, or shriveled. If they’re losing (or already lost) their water, it’s time for them to go.
  • They have bruises or brown spots. If some parts of the fruit are deteriorated or spoiled, the fruit is done for.
Tip

A couple of bad grapes doesn’t mean you have to discard the whole bunch. Remove the ones that are off and enjoy the rest.

Rotten and moldy grapes
Rotten and moldy grapes

Another thing that you should pay attention to is the freshness of the fruit. This way, you know if your grapes can still sit in the fridge or if you should use them as soon as possible.

Take a look at:

  • Stems. Green stems that hold the grapes well are optimal. If they’re turning brown and some of the grapes fall off on their own, hurry up.
  • Grapes. They should be plump and full of color. If they’re starting to go soft and the color fades, they won’t last much longer.
Note

Did you know that raisins are basically dried grapes?

Grapes closeup
Grapes closeup

How To Store Grapes To Keep Them Fresh

You already know that keeping grapes in the fridge is much better than on the counter in a fruit bowl.

Let’s talk about some other storage practices that help grapes stay fresh as long as they can.

The first is the packaging.

In most supermarkets, grapes come in ventilated bags, and that’s the best option for storage.

Tip

If yours didn’t come in such a bag, use a plastic bag and poke some holes, or a resealable plastic bag and leave it half-open.

Grapes in a ventilated bag
Grapes in a ventilated bag

The second is leaving the grapes connected to their stems. Take them off the stem only when you’re ready to serve them.

The third is not washing the fruit until you’re ready to eat them. Like with most fruit, you should wash your grapes right before serving.

Warning

Since you’re keeping grapes in a perforated bag, make sure they don’t sit nearby any smelly foods. This way, they don’t pick up any smells.

Grapes off the stem
Grapes off the stem