While lockdowns have lifted over a good bit of the country, many of us are still sticking to a once-weekly trip to the supermarket or farmer's market. We buy a big bounty, and then before the household can make a dent in it, the bananas are browning. Yet, the grapes are still read to eat.
Different fruits and vegetables have differing ripening processes. And what's more, how you store them and which ones you put together to have a massive impact on how quickly they ripen. Sure, those bananas were green a day ago, but if you want to keep them from overripening superfast, you'll need to know how to store them to get the best enjoyment.
It All Comes Down to Ethylene
Some fruits and vegetables produce a gas known as ethylene. This is what helps them ripen. But when you store these types with produce that is sensitive to ethylene, they can overripen quickly.
For certain fruits and vegetables, this natural phytohormone is all normal for the ripening process. In others, though, it causes them to spoil. So, which fruits and veggies produce ethylene?