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How can I make that fruit ripen? Do all fruit ripen once cut off from their tree?

Part of the success on the 811rv diet depends on one's fruit ripening skills. It would be great to have this group share links and info about fruit ripening techniques and any kind of advice to choose ripe fruits, etc.

What triggered me into creating this group is that a couple weeks ago I discovered that tomatoes could go from green to red, from acid to sweet, just by themselves, after having been already picked! I did not trust the friend of mine who indicated this to me so I bought some green tomatoes, left them on my kitchen counter for a week and to my surprise they turned red and were so sweet and delicious. I had always thought tomatoes could only ripen before being picked.

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Help ripening green bananas

Started by Ryan Menzies. Last reply by Ryan Menzies Dec 4, 2011. 4 Replies

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Comment by Liam G on August 11, 2010 at 2:08pm
Can anyone tell me a good site that gives you information about whether your fruit is ripe or not? I guess it just smells good. Oh and also which fruits ripen off tree and which don't. Thanks
Comment by Linda on February 20, 2010 at 9:18pm
Hi, I live in North Italy, I am trying to be raw, and low fat, but one of my difficulties here is to find good fruit in winter! Let me explain: until few weeks ago, at least I could find organic mangoes and papayas which were rather ripe, or ripen in a short time, but now....what i have is:
pears: they are always unripe, few of them ripen, and, when ripe (even if they aren't exactly ripe, to tell the truth) they are dusgusting;
kiwis: always hard and unripe, even if i buy them in in large quantities, very few of them ripe, for example, in one week, only 2 out of 10 kiwis ripe, and they are not bad;
coconuts: they take time to be prepared, anyway not so good to eat, i think. One i had eaten was not so good,perhaps not ripe, I do not know;
pineapples: a mistery: if ripe, i should eat them immediately, but if not ripe, as they often are, they do not ripe and are bad to eat or get rotten anyway;
no problem with: dry fruit, dates included; apples, citrus fruit of any kind; bananas (well, not always, but mostly ripen and are...edible, but bad tasting).
Fruit such as tomatoes or zucchini: they are not in season but availabletomatoesa are disgusting now, they can be used only in dressings; zucchin are acceptable, anyway they cannot be of nutritional value, because they are not in season at all! they grow in greenhouses.
Comment by Michel on January 5, 2010 at 9:00am
Xirtyllo, what I liked about the apple storage is that apparently this is a non-chemical process... Well, at least for the storage as non-organix apples are copiously sprayed on their trees I believe. Another interesting note from that page is "When the proper growing and harvesting techniques are used, many varieties of apples can store for 12 months or longer in CA" -> I am not sure about the nutrient content of 12 month old apples... This is quite crazy!
Comment by Michel on January 5, 2010 at 8:57am
Thanks everyone, these links belong exactly to what my idea of the Ripener group is! Keep them coming :)
Comment by Ellen on January 4, 2010 at 11:55pm
Yes, I put bananas in paper bags with apples too! Forgot to mention that. And on top of the refrigerator, too!
Comment by Ellen on January 4, 2010 at 11:37pm
I've been putting bananas in lots of places all over the house! In the kitchen (on the counter top but also in hanging baskets and on high shelves since heat rises, right?), the laundry room (where the dryer is), in the closet where the hot water heat is (nice and warm in there). It's great!
Comment by Michel on September 15, 2009 at 5:27pm
For bananas, what's cool is that you can buy them in any state, really. You can even buy them green and let them ripen. Choose the quantity depending on how many you feel you are going to eat in the next days/weeks. I usually buy by the box (13kg). That lasts me a week, usually, but I am not the only one eating bananas in my family. When I go to the market I usually buy 2 boxes if I can find a box of ripe ones and a box of green ones. Otherwise, I just take a box of yellow ones. Then, I eat depending on the ripeness, and in my house I place the box either in the garage for slow ripening or in the kitchen/sun for fast ripening. You ought to be flexible. I also noticed that the sense of touch actually tells you a lot about the ripeness - depending on the type of banana, the color does not tell everything and it is actually to get a feel to sense if the banana is already soft or still hard, full of indigestible starch!
Comment by Danielle Day on September 15, 2009 at 4:03pm
okay... what about just bananas? I'll figure the other stuff out along the way, but if i dont have bananas to fill in the gap.... :-/
Comment by Michel on September 15, 2009 at 3:57pm
Hey Danielle, that's a skill that takes a while to master. Part of the reason why it takes so long to stabilize on 811rv is the fact that it is a real art to make decisions on what to buy /eat and when to buy... It also all depends on the seasonal availability of the fruits, their quality, etc. I don't have an answer to your question. The only thing I can tell you is that my instinct a picking and choosing fruits, and sensing how much quantity I should buy, taking into account the ripening duration, became much sharper now, after 1.5 years on the diet. I am much more efficient now, and I do actually spend less money for eating!
Comment by Danielle Day on September 15, 2009 at 3:22pm
Okay, here's a question. If I were to make a chart of when to purchase what fruit on which day of the week so as to have a plethora of ripe fruit available throught the week, what would it look like??

Cause at the moment, I buy a big box of organic fruit that is delivered once a week - problem being, NONE of it arrives ripe, so I end up WAITING a week for it - and let me tell you, appARENTLY Nothing makes me loose my mind faster than having Tons of (rather expensive - i paid for it, so why should i buy more) fruit that I cant freakin eat....


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