Smart Tip: To Quickly Ripen an Avocado, Use a Banana

published Mar 12, 2012
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Finding a ripe avocado at the supermarket is hit or miss, so what can you do if you need an avocado right away? Tasting Table shared a food science tip for quickly ripening avocados with help from an unexpected source: a banana!

Ripe bananas release a lot of ethylene, the hormone that triggers ripening in mature fruit, so placing one in a closed paper bag with your under-ripe avocados will speed up the process. I tried it with a couple avocados that were just beginning to soften, and within 24 hours, they were perfectly soft and ready to eat.

Apples are another fruit that release a good amount of ethylene, so this would also work with a ripe apple.

Check it out: How to Deal with Unripened Avocados at Tasting Table

Do you have any tips for ripening an avocado more quickly?