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Ripening Guide

Ford’s Produce Fruit Ripening Guide


Fruits that Ripen After Harvest

Apricot
Avocado
Bananas
Cantaloupe
Carambola
Honeydew
Kiwifruit
Nectarines
Papaya
Peaches
Pears
Platains
Plums
Tomatoes

Fruits that Don’t Ripen After Harvest

Apples
Berries
Cherries
Grapefruit
Grapes
Lemons
Limes
Mandarins
Oranges
Pineapple
Strawberry
Watermelon


Ethylene Gas:  Benefits and effects to produce
Ethylene is one of the most active plant hormones known.  Fruit can be ripened quickly by introducing ethylene gas into a controlled environment.  For example, it is often used to ripen bananas, tomatoes, and avocados.  By placing peaches in a closed bag, you’re taking advantage of the fruits natural ethylene to speed softening.

To avoid deterioration or rapid ripening of sensitive foods, you should avoid storing them too close together with products that emit a great deal of ethylene gas.  Damaged or older fruits generate increased levels of ethylene, so remove injured produce right away.  If you only have one cooler, keep lids on storage boxes, store sensitive items as far away as possible from ethylene producers, and rotate product properly.  If your inventory turns quickly, ethylene should not cause quality problems.


Fruits that produce high amounts of Ethylene

Apples
Apricots
Avocados
Bananas
Cantaloupe
Honeydew
Kiwifruit
Mangos
Papayas
Peaches
Pears
Plums

Fruits that are sensitive to Ethylene

Beans
Broccoli
Brussel Sprouts
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Greens
Lettuces
Okra
Peas
Peppers
Spinach
Squash

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