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Why is my mango not ripening correctly?

This happened to me a few weeks ago. Two mangoes just plain would not ripen. I tried the window sill and paper bags. I bought two later and they ripened fine. So I took the first two back. The ...
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Rescuing a CUT but unripe avocado

If you don't want to use the unripened avocado right away, according to this site Store Cut Unripe Avocados - If you have cut open your... avocado and found it to be unripe, sprinkle the exposed ...
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Does ripening banans in a bag with other fruit harm the other fruit?

It doesn't harm the apple, but it does speed up its ripening as well. And that risks over-ripening. So your perfectly crispy apples may begin to become mealy. Eventually they become targets for yeasts,...
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How do the nutritional values of bananas change as they ripen?

Starch content and sweetness: Bananas become sweeter as they ripen because the starch is broken down. An unripe banana is full of complex carbohydrates, but as it ripens, these are broken down into ...
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Why is my avocado hard in some parts but fully ripe in some others?

Avocados are naturally hard/rubbery/soapy when picked. They only ripen once they have been picked. Picking them damages the fruit near the stem, which signals the avocado to release ethylene, which ...
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Can refractometers measure a banana's glucose content?

Iodine can be used reliably to measure starch content in bananas and it is correlated with sugar (soluble solids). Summary. A starch staining technique using pictures to rate starch disappearance has ...
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Why is my mango not ripening correctly?

That behaviour is due to being picked very immature at the source or held too long in cold during the distribution process. It's either of those.
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Avocado hard and grey inside

In my experience, avocados with this behavior are normally picked too early. Although all avocados are picked early in commercial settings because of transit to market timing, when they are picked TOO ...
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How can you tell if a mangosteen fruit is ready to eat?

How do I know if a mangosteen is ripe enough to eat? It is ripe when the rind is dark purple. The color and feel of the mangosteen will help you know when it's ripe. You’ll know that a mangosteen is ...
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How to tell when a soursop is ripe

Yea it turns a yellowish green and it's usually soft on the outside. You don't need to cut with knife. Your fingers can prod it open effortlessly
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Why is my mango not ripening correctly?

The answer by Oscar is correct. Mangoes are either picked to early and/or transported or stored at a temperature that is too cold, for too long. Decades ago, bulk mango boxes used to say on them "...
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How can I aquire (not avoid) sour blueberries?

I too love sour blueberries. I usually shake the punnet gently in the shop, and if they 'rattle' like they're hard, they will often be fairly sour. If they just thud around quietly, they are probably ...
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How can I aquire (not avoid) sour blueberries?

Blueberries don't continue to ripen after picking so finding those that are blue and tart can be a challenge. If you see berries that are slightly purple or red, they may have been picked early and be ...
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Why do we eat unripened chili peppers?

Whatever the historic reason was: Nowadays it is probably "because customers expect them to be green and taste like a green jalapeno". Possible reason why jalapenos are among those preferred green: ...
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What can I do to help my avocados ripen?

You can ripen an avocado in one day by double wrapping in foil and placing in low (250°) oven for +/- 30 minutes. Check by pressing lightly until avocado is starting to soften. Check every 15 minutes. ...
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Rescuing a CUT but unripe avocado

If you can put the two halves back together with the pit in the center, vacuum seal it. This will prevent it from drying out or turning black from oxidation. Another possible way to protect it from ...
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Can I post-redden blood oranges?

Maybe....there are several scientific papers on blood oranges. Here is one example that speaks to conditioning the fruit: This study shows that the qualitative and quantitative composition of the ...
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How can you tell if a mangosteen fruit is ready to eat?

Generally, mangosteens are harvested when they are ripe as they don't tend to ripen once picked.
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Why didn't guava ripen after being stored in the fridge?

From epicurious (I love their YouTube channel): You can buy hard, green guavas and allow them to ripen at room temperature. Placing them in a paper bag with a banana or apple will allow them to ripen ...
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Why does the pineapple always ripen/soften from the base?

I believe the cause of the pineapple being ripened from the base is because of gravity pulling the juice downwards which it then ferments and turns into alcohol.
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How to tell when a soursop is ripe

It turns more yellow than green also it should be soft to the touch and the spikes won't be that spikey
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Is this Kabocha squash bad?

No this not ok to cook because it looks like that it is rotten.
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How do the nutritional values of bananas change as they ripen?

In unripe bananas a lot of the starch is made up of resistant starch. Green bananas may contain between 35.14 and 45.87% of resistant starch (in Thai bananas) which varies depending on the variety of ...
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Why does a brown paper bag speed ripening?

Some types of fruit ripen with increased ethylene production and a rise in cellular respiration (the ripening fruit draws in oxygen and gives off ethylene). This happens in "climacteric fruit": ...
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Can bananas really be ripened through oven baking?

No. Ripening is a specific chemical process. Baking the bananas has a similar effect in sweetening the fruit, but it is not the same as ripening, which is a process which occurs after exposure to ...
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Does ripening banans in a bag with other fruit harm the other fruit?

The only negative I have ever seen is that the other fruit also ripens (particularly as bananas are themselves one of the most effective producers of ethylene). I don't think I'd put an apple in with ...
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