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Why do bananas ripen other fruit?

Why do bananas ripen other fruit?

As they ripen bananas release ethylene so as they keep ripening any fruit stored alongside them will ripen as well - that's why you can use bananas to help ripen up your other fruits.

Tom Steele-Kendrick
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Tips for storing your fruits and veggies

Tips for storing your fruits and veggies

You want to keep bananas, mushrooms, tomatoes, and potatoes in a cool, dry area, not in the fridge.

Aubergines shouldn't be kept in the fridge but they should be kept somewhere cool.

Apples you want to store in the fridge - they can soften much quicker at room temperature and will stay a lot fresher in the fridge.

Asparagus, tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, grapes should all be stored in the fridge as well (they all keep fresher when kept in the fridge).

Garlic and onions should be kept at room temperature, as should mangoes, plums, and pears, but once these have ripened it is best to store them in the fridge.

Keep pineapples melons at room temperature - once cut though they should be stored in the fridge.

You can freeze pretty much most of the fruits - all the berries, bananas, apples, oranges, pineapple, kiwi, mango, peaches, and nectarines can all be frozen. You can do the same for most vegetables as well - peppers, corn, peas, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, green beans, butternut squash, spinach, kale, celery, and onions.

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How to ripen mangoes

How to ripen mangoes

  • Keep unripe mangoes at room temperature (they will become sweeter and softer over several days) - don't refrigerate them before they are ripe though, they won't ripen in chilly conditions.
  • To speed up ripening you can place mangoes in a paper bag or newspaper at room temperature or you can also use a banana to ripen a mango (or any other fruit, see why that works here).

How do you know if your mango is ripe?

You can check if your mango is ripe is by smelling near the stem end - it should have a strong fruity odour. If you don't smell anything then it is probably still not ripe.

You can also check if your mango is ripe by gently squeezing it - when you apply light pressure it should be soft. If the mango is still hard then it isn't ripe enough yet. If the mango is squishy then it is overripe.

    The colour of mangoes varies based on the variety - it is best not to go by colour to determine if a mango is ripe.

    Once ripe, mangoes should be moved to the refrigerator, which will help keep them fresh but should be eaten in about 5 days when ripened.

    Tom Steele-Kendrick
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