How to Ripen Avocados Overnight


Avocados are a fruit with a growning range from northern Mexico to South America. California is the leading grower of avocados in the United States and produces them year-round. Avocados mature on the tree but will not ripen until picked. In fact, they are sometimes stored on the tree to await favorable market conditions. They are ripened during storage, distribution and often after being purchased by the consumer. If need be, you can ripen avocados overnight.

Step 1

Choose avocados for immediate use when their flesh is soft enough to give slightly when pressed with a finger or gently squeezed in one hand. For best results, the skin of most avocados should be dark green but not wrinkled. However, some varieties of avocados will remain green, even when ripe. Testing for softness of the avocado is the best indicator of ripeness.

Step 2

Ripen two or three avocados overnight by placing them in a paper bag or wrapping them with newspaper along with an apple, banana or tomato. Add one piece of fruit for every additional two or three avocados.

Step 3

Place very firm avocados in a paper bag or newspaper with the apple, banana or tomato near a heating vent or a warmer area of the kitchen. They can also be placed in a warm oven set at 100 degrees.

Tips and Warnings

  • Paper bags and newspapers are flammable, but will be safe if care is taken to set the oven at no more than 100 degrees Farenheit. Always wash the avocado thoroughly in warm water. Any bacteria on the skin of the fruit will be transferred inside during the peeling process.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper bag
  • Newspaper
  • Oven
  • Tomato, banana or apple


  • University of California at Los Angeles: The Guacamole Tree

Who Can Help

  • California Avocado Commission
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Freelance writing since 2009, Tom Ross has 30 years of corporate management and hands-on experience in the supermarket industry. Ross was featured on the cover of "Instore Buyer" magazine and his articles have appeared on eHow.

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