How to Ripen Organic Avocados


Many people prefer to use organic produce instead of produce that may have pesticide residue on it from growing methods. Whether you purchase organic produce or grow it yourself in your garden, organic produce is often tastier than non-organic produce. Organic fruits and vegetables are often more expensive than non-organic produce because it can be more difficult to grow. For this reason, it is important to make sure that you handle it properly to keep it fresh or hasten the ripening process. For example, you can easily ripen an organic avocado to get it soft and ripe.

Step 1

Leave organic avocados that are unripe on the counter top to hasten the ripening process. Placing unripe avocados in the refrigerator will reduce the ethylene gas that emits and slow the ripening process.

Step 2

Place the unripe avocados into the paper lunch bag. Add an apple to increase the amount of ethylene gas in the bag, if you desire.

Step 3

Close the bag tightly to trap the air inside of the bag. As the avocados (and apple) stay in the enclosed bag, ethylene gas will become concentrated inside the bag. This will hasten the ripening of the organic avocado.

Step 4

Leave the avocados in the bag for 24 to 48 hours and check the ripening progress. Press your thumb into the side of the avocado. If the avocado gives easily and feels soft, the avocado is ripe. If the avocados are still firm, leave the avocados in the bag for an additional 24 to 48 hours.

Step 5

Remove the avocados (and apple) from the paper bag when the avocados are sufficiently ripe.

Things You'll Need

  • Organic avocado
  • Paper lunch bag
  • Apple (optional)


  • Melissa's Magazine: Keeping Organic Fresh
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