Fruits and vegetables naturally produce an odorless and colorless gas to ripen: Ethylene. This works to your advantage if you have bought a vegetable or fruit that is not yet ripe, but you want to use it soon. On the other hand, it can also work against you if your fruit or vegetable is already a bit too ripe before you actually want to use it. Our tips to influence the ripening process of avocados at home:

Accelerated ripening

You try your best to pick out the avocado to your liking, but in between restocking, the supermarkets don’t always have that much choice left. So you decide to take a chance and go with whatever you can find.

If you bought your avocado too unripe and you want it to ripen faster, you can use several tricks to speed up the ripening process:

  • Place the avocado in a plastic bag. This way you create an isolated environment, like a mini greenhouse, in which the naturally occurring ripening gas ethylene can do its job.
  • Do you have an apple, banana or other fruit lying around? Place the avocado next to it and the avocado will ripen faster. 

Delayed ripening

If you don’t plan to eat your avocado yet and want to prevent it from ripening too quickly, it’s best to store it in the refrigerator and keep it away from fruit or vegetables that are very ripe. 

  • Place the avocado in the coldest part of the fridge: the vegetable crisper. This way you delay the ripening process. A room temperature avocado tastes better than directly from the fridge, so after it’s been in the fridge for 2-3 days, you take it out and give it another day to get to temperature.

Avocados to save for later

These are our golden tips for the avocados halves that you want to save for later. 

But first a ground rule: Make sure to always keep the half with the pit in it. The pit keeps the avocado green and fresh for a longer period of time.

For best results, cover the avocado in one of the following ways:

  • Fill a bowl with a layer of large chopped onion and place the half avocado on top. Close the container and store in the refrigerator.
  • Place the avocado in a plastic bag, suck the air out as much as possible (vacuum), close the bag tightly and put it in the fridge.
  • Rub the cut side of the avocado with some olive oil. This creates a protective layer between the avocado and the air, which can reduce the effect of brown spots.