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How to Ripen Fruit Faster

How to Ripen Fruit Faster

Ripen fruit faster using…ripe fruit. This really works! If you’ve got a rock-hard avocado you were hoping to use or a few overly green bananas, you can throw them in a paper bag with a few ripe apples and they’ll ripen more quickly. I had Dr. Eugene Kupferman of the Washington State University Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center explain it to me. It turns out that ripe fruit gives off a gas called ethylene that helps unripe fruit ripen more quickly.

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