This trick may seem bananas, but it works! Ripe bananas contain a natural plant hormone called ethylene, which triggers ripening in mature fruit. The paper bag traps the ethylene gas that’s produced by the fruit and speeds up the ripening process. Depending on the avocado, ripeness may be achieved overnight so it’s important to check back daily.
If you need tips on how to tell if an avocado is ripe or how to cut an avocado, be sure to check out our other helpful video guides!
Does this sound familiar? You’ve just bought avocados and are ready to make the best, bowl-licking-good guacamole ever. Then, you cut the avocado open to find the flesh is the same texture as the pit! Now how are you going to satisfy your guacamole craving? We’ve got you covered! Keep reading for insider tips on how to ripen a cut avocado.
We don’t recommend this ripening method because the flavor and texture will be different than an avocado that has ripened naturally.
Yes, you can eat an unripe avocado, but we don’t recommend it. The avocado won’t have its wonderfully creamy texture and it won’t taste as delicious as normal. Check out our other how to videos to learn tips for ripening avocados.
We don’t recommend rushing the ripening process. Using a microwave or oven to speed ripening actually takes a longer than 10 minutes, (more like 30 minutes depending on the stage of the avocado). These techniques do make the fruit “soft”, but it does NOT make it “ripe” or “ready to eat”. It will taste like eating a soft, unripe avocado, with a pasty aftertaste – not very good.
Warmth does speed up the process like a sunny warm window (or in a paper bag with a banana), but it has to naturally ripen for the delicious taste we’re used to!
We recommend speeding up the natural process by putting the avocado in a paper bag or by sticking it right on top of any ethylene-producing fruit such as bananas.
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