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Fruits that ripen/don't ripen after picking

I came across this list of fruits that can ripen and those that don't ripen after they are picked. I thought it was pretty handy and there were a couple I didn't know.

Fruits That Don't Ripen
Cherries
Citrus (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit)
Cucumbers
Grapes
Pineapples
Pomegranates
Soft berries (blackberries, raspberries, strawberries)
Watermelons

Fruits That Do Ripen
Apples
Apricots
Avocados
Bananas
Blueberries
Figs
Guava
Honeydew melons
Kiwis
Mangoes
Muskmelons (aka cantaloupes)
Nectarines
Papayas
Passion fruits
Peaches
Pears
Persimmons
Plantains
Plums
Quince
Tomatoes

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evil_mom
Mar. 19th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
If pineapples don't ripen, what do they do??
djonma
Mar. 19th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
Same with citrus fruits.

When you pick lemons, they're sweet.
Not sour.

Then they 'ripen' and get the lemony sour taste we know.
thedeli
Mar. 19th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
What are the varietal names of these 'sweet lemons' of which you speak?
djonma
Mar. 20th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
Now that I don't know.
I just know that the lemon trees in Crete all produce sweet lemons. We'd never tried lemons fresh from the tree before, it takes ages for them to get from the tree to the market in the UK.
My Dad has a lemon tree up in the garden now over there and it should be producing fruit this year. All the lemons they've got from other people in the village have been sweet.
thedeli
Mar. 20th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
I've been to Crete and sampled some similarly odd citrus there, especially in the west - in the groves between Rethymno and Xania.

My first impression is that they're actually a sweet lime (take note of the alternate names). They could also be a lemon/orange hybrid, not unlike the Meyer Lemon.

Anyway - take it from me - true lemons (the sort you'd find in UK markets) are high in citric acid all through the process of fruit development. You'd never want to eat a green one.
ingusmoen
Mar. 19th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
I found that a little odd, too, because they certain continue to change color like they're ripening, they get softer and sweeter over time after they're picked, too. I'd have put them in the "ripens" column.
fenchurche
Mar. 19th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
The other thing to keep in mind about mangoes is that while they will ripen after they're picked, they won't if they've been refrigerated. If your local market keeps under-ripe mangoes in a refrigerated case, then no matter how long you wait, they'll never be ready to eat.

Oh yeah, and passionfruit is frellin' expensive in the Pacific Northwest.
diffuse
Mar. 19th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
hm. i was always under the impression that tomatoes no longer ripen after they've been picked.
tigergir11333
Mar. 19th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
tomatoes do indeed ripen after they are picked. Tomatoes are often picked while they are a little green or yellow and are left on window sills to ripen (or become more red or whatever dependant upon the tomato variety).
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