How to Ripen and Store Produce

Ever Wonder whether you need to ripen that  fruit or vegetable  before you eat it or is it already as ripe as it going to get.  Below is Chart that will help determine the ripeness of the fruit and vegetables  and how to store it once it is ripe.

The technical term of whether a fruit will ripen after being picked of not is Non-climacteric  and Climacteric.  Non-climacteric fruit is fruit that does not ripen after harvest. All fruits and many vegetables and nuts are classified as either climacteric or non-climacteric. Climacteric fruits will ripen, i.e. get softer and sweeter after harvest. Non-climacteric fruits, once harvested, never ripen further. The biochemical process involved is that climacteric fruits give off large amounts of ethylene gas whereas non-climacteric fruits give little or no ethylene gas. Some examples of climacteric fruits are apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, blackberries, kiwi, plums, peaches, pears, tomatoes. Examples of non-climacteric fruits are citrus, grapes, cherries, raspberries, strawberries and cashews.
produce ripening chart

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