If Your Food Ain’t Ripe, Do Not Gripe

When you first buy an avocado, don’t expect to go home and eat it as soon as you get home.

It will not be ripe.

You will have to wait until it ripens to enjoy an avocado’s peak flavor and texture.

In fact, avocados are not the only fruit that have to ripen after being picked.

Other fruits that you will have to wait to ripen before eating include…

Apple
Apricot
Avocado
Bananas
Cantaloupe
Chile pepper
Date
Guava
Honeydew melon
Jackfruit
Kiwi
Mango
Mulberry

Nectarine
Papaya
Passion fruit
Pawpaw
Peach
Pear
Persimmon
Plantain
Plum
Quince
Sapodilla
Sapote
Tomato
Winter squash

These fruits will require time to ripen after being picked.

These fruits are called climacteric fruits…meaning that they naturally produce ethylene gas, a gas which helps convert starch into sugar both on the plant and after picking.

Storing fruits and veggies properly will ensure that you end up with the best flavor and texture.

You will need to place any of these fruits that you buy in a paper or cotton bag in order to accelerate ripening,

Never use plastic because the fruit needs to be able to “breathe.”

Adding other fruits, such as bananas and apples, will help your avocados ripen more quickly. 

Adding an apple or kiwi in the bag along with the avocados will speed up the ripening process. The more apples or kiwi you add, the faster your avocados will ripen.

Do not place your bag of avocados in your refrigerator…at least for now. This will keep them from ripening completely.

Instead you want to put your bag of fruit in a cool, dark place that is at about 68 degrees room temp.

Once you have put these fruits into a bag, check them daily to see if they are ripe or not…and to remove any spoiled fruit. It typically takes about four days for the fruit to ripen.

As far as avocados go, you will know that your avocados are ripe, when the avocado yields gently to pressure whenever you squeeze it, but not be squishy and has dark green to black skin with a bumpy texture.

Once your avocados are ripe, then you can stick them in the crisper drawer of your fridge, where they will keep for up to two weeks. The avocados will continue to ripen in the fridge, but at a slower rate.

How long you should keep your avocados in the fridge actually depends on what you are gonna use them for because you will want to take them out of the fridge and let them sit out on your counter…depending on what you are planning on using them for.

If you are planning on using them for smoothies or salads, it should take in a couple of days.

If you are planning on using them for sandwiches or soups, it should take about three days.

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