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6 fast ways to ripen an avocado

INSIDER logoINSIDER 5/18/2019 Meredith Cash
a hand holding a fruit © NatashaPhoto/iStock

Avocados are one of the trendiest, tastiest fruits on the market, but it can be tough to determine when one is ripe enough to eat.

If you want to ripen the fruit fast, however, there are a number of foolproof ways to speed up the process using everyday items or ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.

You can heat avocados in the oven to enjoy them right away a hand holding a piece of food © NatashaPhoto/iStock

If your avocado is still green in color and firm to the touch, you can simply heat it in the oven when you're ready to eat it. Just wrap your fruit in tin foil, place it on a baking sheet, and bake at 200 degrees for 10 minutes or until the fruit is soft. 

Try putting your avocados in direct sunlight a bowl of food © Diane Leach/Shutterstock

If you would rather speed up your avocado's ripening process more naturally, Avocados from Mexico recommends finding a dry spot where your avocado can bask in direct sunlight to help it naturally ripen faster.

Store your avocados near other high ethylene-producing fruits a close up of a fruit © Sharaf Maksumov/Shutterstock

Ethylene is a gas emitted by many fruits and vegetables, like apples, bananas, mangoes, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, and avocados, as they ripen. When exposed to ethylene, these types of produce ripen faster than they otherwise would, so placing your premature avocados near other ripening fruit will make them ready to eat much sooner. 

Put your avocado in a paper bag a person standing in a kitchen preparing food © RoBeDeRo/Getty Images

Putting fruits and vegetables in a sealed paper bag helps trap the ethylene and further expedite the ripening process, as One Green Planet points out. To double your efforts, place your avocados in the paper bag alongside other ethylene-producing fruits, as the last method suggests.

Put them in rice or flour

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Both flour and uncooked rice effectively ward off moisture and, like the previous method, trap ethylene in with your fruit, per Hungry Harvest.

If you've already cut into the avocado, try coating the inside with lemon or lime juice

a bowl of fruit on a plate © Shutterstock

Avocados from Mexico recommends rubbing lemon or lime juice into the fruit's interior, sandwiching the two sides back together with the pit in the middle, and covering the entire thing in plastic wrap before placing it in the refrigerator. The lemon and lime juice help keep the fruit itself from turning brown while it ripens, according to The Spruce Eats.

Related video: Here's Why You Shouldn’t Use a Metal Knife to Cut an Avocado (Provided by Cooking Light)

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