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How to Ripen an Avocado

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3 Quick & Easy Ways to Ripen an Avocado

You’ve just picked your avocados for the week and are ready to make your favorite guacamole, but find they’re not ripe yet. Don’t despair! Here are a few tips you can use to speed up the ripening process and allow your avocados to ripen naturally, resulting in that soft, buttery flesh and delicious, nutty flavor we all love.

How to Ripen an Avocado:

  • Place your avocado in a brown paper bag, along with a banana. 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.
  • Use a simple staple like rice to speed up the ripening process. Place your avocado in a bowl full of rice and submerge it completely so it’s covered on all sides. Uncooked rice is an excellent source of trapping ethylene gas, so this technique works like a charm. Just make sure to check progress daily. Typically, this method will take a few days to reach ripeness perfection.
  • The easiest way to ripen an avocado is by placing it in sunlight. Warmer temperatures ripen fruits faster, so move those un-ripened avocados to your window sill or another sunny spot of your home.

If you need tips on how to tell if an avocado is ripe or slicing and dicing an avocado, be sure to check out our other helpful video guides!

How to Ripen an Avocado Using a Banana & Brown Paper Bag:

If your Avocado from Mexico is not as ripe as you’d like it to be, there’s an easy trick.

Just put it in a paper bag, hugging a banana, and check it for ripeness daily.

Avocados from Mexico.

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