6 fast ways to ripen an avocado

NatashaPhoto/iStockIf you want to ripen the fruit fast, there are a number of ways to speed up the process so you can enjoy guacamole or avocado toast.

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

Avocado.NatashaPhoto/iStockYou can ripen an avocado quickly in the oven.

If your avocado is still green in colour 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.

Read more: How to ripen an avocado in under 10 minutes

Try putting your avocados in direct sunlight

Avocado sunlightDiane Leach/ShutterstockAvocados will ripen faster when exposed to sunlight.

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

Avocado bananaSharaf Maksumov/ShutterstockBananas and avocados produce more ethylene than most other produce.

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.

Read more: You’re storing fruits and veggies all wrong – here’s where you should keep them instead

Put your avocado in a paper bag

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