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Ripening an Avocado

When shopping for an avocado we often find that they are either too ripe or very hard. There are ways to easily ripen an avocado at home after you bring it back from the market. This is a guide about ripening an avocado.


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July 31, 2011 Flag

Never buy an avocado that rattles. One that does is already overripe.

There are 2 ways to ripen an avocado. You can sit it on your windowsill for a few days until it is ripened. Or the best way is to place them in a brown paper bag and keep them at room temperature. This way will take anywhere between 3 and 6 days, depending on the ripeness when you bought them.


If you need to speed up the process, just pop a banana, apple or tomato in the bag as well. Once ripe, it will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Never refrigerate unripe avocado. They will not ripen in the cold.

Source: My Grandmother taught me this method.

By Rosemary from New Zealand

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March 18, 2005 Flag

Everyone knows of how to keep an avocado from browning but I found out a lot of people don't know how to make it brown. Ripen that is. I find that if you set it on your windowsill for a day or 2 it will soften to touch instead of waiting about a week for it to ripen in the refrigerator.

By Paula B

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May 7, 20080 found this helpful

I read on the Internet that placing an unripe avacado in a bag of flour will ripen it over night. Yesterday, I was desperate. I needed 3 ripened by morning. I took a large paper bag and placed all 3 in the bag, then dumped approximately 1/2 bag of flour over them. I rolled up the bag as best I could and left it on the counter. This morning all 3 were perfectly ripe. I can't believe it! They were rock hard yesterday.

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October 21, 2012 Flag

Your green bananas can be wrapped in newspaper or brown bags to ripen. Avocado pears can be wrapped in newspaper and put it in your rice container the ripen within two or three days.

By Dorothy from Durban, KZN

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April 30, 2007 Flag

Guacamole and chips is a traditional Mexican snack. If your avocados need to ripen quickly, put them in a paper bag with an apple. The ethylene gas released by the apple will hasten the ripening of the avocados.

By Linda from Vista CA

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February 19, 2005 Flag

Unripe but unbruised fruits like papaya and avocado frequently go bad without ripening. How do I prevent that?

Yeeton from London

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February 20, 20050 found this helpful

Put them in a paper bag with an apple for a day or two. The gas that the apple produces cause the avocado, etc. to ripen more quickly. Check the paper bag each day, and you will undoubtedly find that things ripen twice as fast as they would if you merely left them out.

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