Can you freeze an avocado?

In this brief guide, we’ll explore the query: “Can you freeze an avocado?”. Also, we’ll explore how avocados can be frozen, the benefits and drawbacks of freezing avocados and if they spoil in the freezer. Can you freeze an avocado? 

Yes, avocados can be preserved frozen, though disclaimer; once defrosted, their texture will not compare to that of fresh avocado (1). 

If you come across avocados that are ripe or otherwise nearing their peak, it is possible to freeze them to extend their shelf life. 

Below, we’ll describe a few outlines and considerations to bear in mind when freezing avocados. 

How can I freeze avocados? 

The best option to freeze avocados is slicing, mashing or making purée, since whole avocados after frozen tend to get brown and mushy (1).

  • Select avocados with rinds free from dark blemishes. Remove the avocados’ pits and scoop out the meat after cutting them in half. 
  • If you’d like to help stop the meat from browning, you can lightly sprinkle it with lemon juice or ascorbic acid . 
  • Place the avocado slices or mashed avocado in a freezer bag or airtight container, making sure to squeeze out as much air as you can before sealing. 
  • To maintain track of freshness, write the date on the container’s label. Then, place the container in the freezer and maintain freezing at or below -18°C (0°F) for best preservation.

Frozen avocados can be preserved for up to 2 months, though once they’ve been defrosted, their quality will be significantly reduced, regardless of whether they were stored whole, cut, or sliced. 

Avocados can be defrosted by taking them out of the freezer and leaving them to thaw in the refrigerator (2). 

What are the benefits and drawbacks of freezing avocados?

Benefits of freezing avocados

  • Freezing slows down enzymatic activity caused by polyphenol oxidase that leads to deterioration and spoilage (3).
  • It helps to preserve their nutrient content, including heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, vitamins (such as vitamin K, vitamin E, and vitamin C), minerals, and dietary fiber (4).
  • Freezing can extend the shelf life of avocados, allowing for future use when they are not in season. 

Drawbacks of freezing avocados

  • Avocados’ texture can alter when they are frozen, becoming softer and possibly mushy when they are thawed, and the flavor may also be slightly changed, maybe losing some of its freshness (5).
  • The natural water content in avocados can swell during the freezing process and crystallize, potentially causing cellular damage as a consequence (5). 
  • Avocados have a disproportionately high fat content, especially monounsaturated fats, which upon freezing may separate or become gritty (5,6).

Can avocados spoil in the freezer?

Overall, no. If avocados are stored properly in the freezer they don’t go bad. However if you freeze avocados for an extended period they may have freezer burn causing dryness, discoloration, and a deteriorated texture(1).

When fruit’s surface moisture evaporates, it results in freezer burn, which lowers the fruit’s quality. That’s why avocados should be kept in freezer bags or airtight containers, with any extra air being suctioned out before sealing (7,8).

During the time of freezing avocados it is also possible to occur oxidation of the lipids and vitamins that cause rancidity followed by the formation of unfavorable tastes and a decline in quality (9).


In this brief guide, we’ve explored the query: “Can you freeze an avocado?” Also, we’ve explored how avocados can be frozen, the benefits and drawbacks of freezing avocados and if they spoil in the freezer. 


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2. The Big Thaw – Safe Defrosting Methods. USDA, 2013

3. Chirinos, R., et al. Effect of Prolonged Cold Storage on the Dynamics of the Enzymatic and Non-Enzymatic Antioxidant System in the Mesocarp of Avocado (Persea americana) cv. Hass: Relationship with Oxidative Processes. Horticulturae 2022, 8, 880.

4. Li, L. et al. Selected nutrient analyses of fresh, fresh-stored, and frozen fruits and vegetables. J Food Composition and Analysis, 2017, 59, 8-17.

5. Aldoradin-Puza, E., et al. Evaluation of traditional freezing and electromagnetic field-assisted freezing in the physical and sensory properties of avocado (Persea americana Mill) variety Hass. Brazilian Journal of Food Technology, 2022, 25.

6. DuarteI, P.F. Avocado: characteristics, health benefits and uses. Ciência Rural, 2016, 46, 747-75

7. How should I store cut fruit and vegetables?. USDA, 2023.

8. Schmidt, S.J., Lee, J.W. How Does the Freezer Burn Our Food?. J Food Science Education, 2009, 8.

9. Prabath Pathirana, et al. Changes in lipid oxidation stability and antioxidant properties of avocado in response to 1-MCP and low oxygen treatment under low-temperature storage. Int Food Res J, 2013, (20(3)):1065-1075.