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Old 12-11-2010, 01:58 PM   #1
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Ripening Fruit

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?

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Old 12-11-2010, 02:46 PM   #2
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Here is the technique I use.
Use a container with a tight lid. The lid helps trap the ethylene gas that fruits give off as they ripen. The fruit ripens faster in higher concentrations of ethylene gas. You can also use a brown paper bag. Fold the bag top down to keep in the ethylene gas.


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Old 12-11-2010, 03:00 PM   #3
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Pretty much says it all-
How to ripen winter pears to perfection
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Old 12-11-2010, 05:18 PM   #4
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brown bag works for me. don't do em all at once. then you can do a few at a time and enjoy them longer.
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Old 12-12-2010, 02:22 AM   #5
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I pick my conference pears early, I then place on brown paper with gaps in between and cover with more paper, if I get the timing right(about 3 months) they are perfect for Chrimbo.
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I stick whatever fruit I want ripened in a plastic bag with an apple.
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Old 07-10-2011, 06:23 PM   #7
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i placed one of my nectarines in a brown paper bag early, early this morning. it is now 13 hours later - it has some give but is not ready to eat yet. i think it will be ripe for breakfast tomorrow....
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:58 AM   #8
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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.
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i just finished having a beautiful bowl of ripe nectarines with sweetened heavy cream for breakfast. one nectarine was ripened overnight in a paper bag, the others sat out on the kitchen counter for the same amount of time. all were equally ripe, juicy and delicious....
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