The best way to store your cut avocado

The best way to store your cut avocado

It’s undeniable that Kiwis love avocados.

We love the creamy flesh on toast with marmite, as a side to eggs, in guacamole or as a snack on its own. It’s so versatile that it can be used in any meal.

The issue is, that once you have waited patiently for your avocado to get to the perfect level of ripeness, you only have a short time to eat it before it goes brown and slimy.

So what is the best way to store your avocado to make it last? Is it in an avocado saver? Brushing it with lemon juice? Storing it in a container with a piece of cut onion?

With so many different recommendations out there, we decided to put them to the test.

With the help of the University of Otago, we trialed 17 different storage methods to work out what really is the best way to preserve a cut avocado.

The result:

It sounds too easy to be true but the best way to store an avocado half is to wrap it in cling wrap, forming a tight seal on the cut surface, and store it in the fridge.

Avocado storage guide

Storing avocado halves in this way means they could last for up to four times longer than leaving the avocado half uncovered in the fridge.

Avocado comparison

If you don’t want to use cling wrap, you can store the avocado in an airtight container, although it may not last as long.

What about the stone?

Always leave the stone in. When the stone is left in, the flesh underneath the stone is protected.

Our research also found that brushing the avocado flesh with lemon juice or olive oil, a trick many people swear by, was actually detrimental to the avocado.

Don’t believe us? See for yourself.


Next time avocado is on the menu, ignore those urban myths and just wrap it in cling wrap. Afterall, we wouldn’t want any of this precious fruit to go to waste.