If your fruit is not ripe enough to eat, try this simple trick with a paper bag and an apple.

How It's Done

Once picked, a piece of unripe fruit can take a long time to reach its peak, but pack it in a paper bag with an apple, and watch how quickly it ripens.

Why It Works?

Apples produce ethylene, a gas that speeds up that process. The bag, loosely closed, traps the gas, and the fruit is ready to eat in a day or two.

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January 5, 2019
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Martha Stewart Member
August 4, 2012
I'm so happy I found exactly the information I needed here. I've got a bag of unripe pears from my tree, and with this tip, I'll have a pear tart before the weekend is over. Thank you!