Ripening an Avocado

July 31, 2011

A ripe avocado cut in half.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

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.

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October 21, 2012

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.

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April 30, 2007

Guacamole and chips is a traditional Mexican snack. If your avocados need to ripen quickly, put them in a paper bag with an apple.

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February 19, 2005

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

Yeeton from London


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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