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How To Ripen Peaches Faster

Take Peaches From Rock Hard to Soft and Supple in a Flash

To speed up the ripening process in peaches, place them in a loosely sealed brown paper bag on the counter. The peaches give off ethylene gas — a natural hormone present in fruits and vegetables — which is then trapped inside the bag, causing the fruit to ripen faster. You can do this with a plastic bag in a pinch, but plastic doesn't breathe as well as paper, so you run the risk of moisture collecting on the peaches causing them to rot.

Once ripe, peaches should be refrigerated and used within a few days (although they'll taste better at room temperature). Ripe peaches have a sweet fragrance, are soft (but not mushy) to the touch, and have a golden undertone. This ripening trick also works for apricots, nectarines, avocados, bananas, kiwi, mangoes, pears, and plums.

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jejones59 jejones59 5 years
Similar trick for growing pinapples. If your pinapple plant is not producing, get a large paper bag to cover it and place an apple inside with the plant for about two weeks in shade, then return to sunshine. The ripening apple will give off ethylene gas to induce flowering of the plant...also remember, it takes about two years for a plant to produce fruit.
Food Food 10 years
hey isahrangme - mangoes come in a bunch of different color varities, some of them stay more green in color - you'll be able to tell if they're ripe by the smell. you're looking for a fragrant sweet fruity smell, especially from the stem end. Also, when you give it a gentle squeeze, it should feel firm, but yield a little bit. The softer it is, the more ripe it is. You don't want it to get too squishy. In regards to nectarines, it's pretty similar - you want them to be fragrant and give when squeezing. generally the squishier they are the sweeter they are, that is until they've gotten too squishy and start to rot. hope that helps!
isahrangme isahrangme 10 years
so... how do i know that my mangoes are ripe? i bought one that was still green because i wanted to eat it later, and now it's later and it's still pretty green. i put it in a paper bag with two nectarines that also need to ripen some, but the mango is still mostly green and the nectarines are still pretty hard.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Yep, the brown paper bag trick is great. I learned that one years ago!
designergirl designergirl 10 years
Good tip. I remember learning that in high school biology classes.
rainonme224 rainonme224 10 years
great tip!
rubialala rubialala 10 years
That's cool. I've heard that for avocados, I didn't know it was good for other fruit. Thanks, Yum!
HuongStar HuongStar 10 years
I like my peaches slightly unripe! The tart-sweet flavor and firmer texture are more appealing than that of soft fully ripened sweet peaches.
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