Originally Posted by Claire
OK, I know some fruit will ripen on the shelf. I'm a sucker for buying stuff for kids' school fund-raisers, and am happy that the past couple of years, instead of buying unwanted candy bars, I'm buying boxes of fruit. HOWEVER, this year a box of pears arrived not ripe enough (edible, but too green to taste like much).
Question is, will pears ripen if I leave them out? In the fridge drawer?
Yes they will, just don't put them in the fridge! You can also put a few bananas with them to rush the ripening process. They ommit a gas that ripens the fruit. I keep my fruit in an open veggie rack in my kitchen.
Fruit that will ripen after picking:
Pears, peaches, avocado, apples, bananas, passion fruit, plums, papayas, persimmons, tomatoes, kiwi, honeydew melon, mangoes, guavas and figs.
Fruit that won't ripen: (some will soften but not ripen or get sweeter)
Grapes, pineapples, citrus fruit, strawberries, watermelons.
Hope this is helpful.