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I bought some avocados recently, and one of them was rock hard when I tried to cut it. I left it out for a couple days hoping it would ripen, but it didn't help.

What can I do to help my avocados ripen?

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Related:… – Jefromi Aug 28 '12 at 14:51
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The California Avocado Commission suggestions:

  • To ripen a California Avocado, place the fruit in a plain brown paper bag and store at room temperature 65-75° until ready to eat (usually two to five days).
  • Including an apple or banana in the bag accelerates the process because these fruits give off ethylene gas, a ripening reagent.
  • Soft ripe fruit can be refrigerated until it is eaten, but not for more than two or three days.
  • The California Avocado Commission does not recommend using a microwave to accelerate the ripening process.
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+1 thanks! (I'm dumbfounded that there's a California Avocado Commission...) – Dave DeLong Jul 9 '10 at 19:57
Does a plastic bag work as well? @DaveDeLong There is also a Mexican avocado commission: – Chloe Feb 1 '15 at 22:57

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