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How to ripen fruit faster or slower
Mangoes buried in a bag of rice will ripen far faster. That’s because mangoes—and many other fruits—produce a gas called ethylene that causes ripening, and the rice traps the gas. The same chemistry explains why ripening accelerates when ethylene-sensitive fruits are stored in a paper bag. The trick works on peaches, pears, plums, tomatoes, and avocados, but not on berries, oranges, or pineapples. Add a banana to the bag to speed the process.
Avocados don’t ripen when warmed in the oven. The flesh will soften but turn slimy. Instead, use the rice or bag method and place in a warm part of the kitchen.
Bananas often come with their stems wrapped in plastic, ostensibly to slow the ripening process. We found, though, that ripening isn’t affected by the plastic or by separating the bananas. To stop ripening, refrigerate them instead. Source: RealSimple.com