Ask Liz: Ripening an Avocado

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Avocado

What's the best way to ripen an avocado? The California Avocado Commission says:

  • Place the fruit in a plain brown paper bag at room temperature.
  • The avocado should be ready to eat in 2-5 days.
  • Adding an apple or banana to the bag speeds up the ripening process because of the gases from the other fruits.
  • Ripe avocados can be refrigerated, but not for more than 2-to-3 days.
  • And the California Avocado Commission does not recommend a microwave to accelerate the ripening process.

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