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Ripening Fruit

Everyday Food, Volume 26 October 2005

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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