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The carambola has a foolproof ripeness indicator the color of its ribs. The
ribs are the pointy seams that give the carambola its star shape. If they're green,
leave the fruit at room temperature for a few days until they begin to brown. Ripe
carambolas can be stored in the refrigerator for about a week.
Let cherimoyas ripen at room temperature until they just start to soften to the touch,
about 2 to 3 days. Once ripe, refrigerate at once, since this fruit has a tendency to
ferment when overripe. Ripe cherimoyas should keep in the refrigerator for up to 2
You can keep whole coconuts anywhere at room temperature, they should
keep for 2 to 4 months. Store opened coconuts in an airtight container in the
refrigerator, where they should keep for up to a week, or in the freezer, where they
should keep for up to 9 months.
A ripe fig is slightly soft to the touch and lightly aromatic. Let figs ripen for up to 4 days at room temperature. Taste one as they soften, and if it's sweet, they should be ripe. Once the figs are ripe, refrigerate them they should keep for a couple of days.
Once ripe, a guava will yield slightly when pressed and its skin will be yellow. Allow
unripe guavas to sit for a few days at room temperature, or place in a paper bag to
speed up the ripening process. Store ripe guavas in the refrigerator crisper, where
they can keep for up to 4 days.
Let kiwis ripen at room temperature until they give a little when pressed gently. To
hasten their ripening, place kiwis in a paper bag adding an apple or banana
to the bag will speed up the ripening even more. Once ripe, kiwis should be stored in
the refrigerator, where they should keep for about a week.
Thin-skinned kumquats are more perishable than oranges and grapefruits. They
should keep at room temperature for about 5 days, and in the refrigerator for about
Lychees are best when eaten soon after purchase. If you want to keep them for a
week or so, wrap them in paper towels and store them in a perforated plastic bag in
Mamey sapotes have a nick near their stem that reveals their interior if
green shows through, the fruit is not ripe and should be kept at room temperature
until it yields when pressed gently. Ripe sapotes can be stored in the refrigerator,
where they should keep for up to 3 days.
A ripe mango will yield a bit when pressed gently and will emit a delicate fragrance.
Unripe mangoes will lose their green complexion as they mature. At room
temperature, it can take a green mango up to a week to ripen you can
speed this up by placing the fruit in a paper bag. Store ripe mangoes in the
refrigerator, where they should keep for at least a week.
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If you keep them refrigerated in an airtight container, dates will last up to a year.
Judge a papaya's ripeness by touch and smell rather than looks. A ripe papaya will
give when pressed gently, like a ripe avocado. If your papaya is not quite ripe, let it ripen at room temperature for a few days, turning it daily so that it ripens evenly. Once ripe, it should keep in the refrigerator for 1 or 2 days; beyond that, it will begin to lose flavor.
When the smooth skin of the passion fruit starts to look wrinkled and dimpled, the
fruit is ripe and ready to be eaten. The seeds are also edible. Ripe passion fruit can
be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Once harvested, pineapples do not ripen further, so it is best to eat them soon after
purchase. Letting then stand at room temperature for a day or two will decrease
their acidity, but their sweetness will stay the same. Stored in a perforated plastic
bag in the refrigerator, pineapple should keep for about 4 days.
Your pomegranates will arrive ripe and ready to eat. They will keep for up to a week
at room temperature if stored in a cool, dry place. For long-term storage, place
pomegranates in the refrigerator, where they should keep for up to 2 months.
Soften prickly pears by letting them sit on the counter out of direct sunlight for a few days. After that they can be kept refrigerated for a week.
Ripen quinces at room temperature and they will reward you with a remarkable
fruity-flowery fragrance as their skin turns from green to yellow. Quinces look tough
but bruise easily, so to store them, wrap separately in plastic wrap and place in the
refrigerator, where they'll keep for several weeks.
Some people prefer their Hachiya persimmons so ripe that they are soft enough to
eat with a spoon, while others like them a bit firmer so that they can be sliced. Let
hard Hachiyas ripen at room temperature for 5 to 10 days, then refrigerate, and they
should keep for about a week. Place very ripe Hachiya persimmons on a plate and
cover with plastic wrap before storing in the refrigerator.
This fruit is usually eaten when it is firm to the touch, but not rock hard. Let ripen at room temperature for a few days, and once ripe, store on a plate in the refrigerator. Fuyu persimmons should keep for about 4 days in the refrigerator.
Rhubarb wilts quickly, so store it in the crisper section of the refrigerator, where it should keep for 2 to 3 days. For long-term storage, wash rhubarb, cut it into pieces, and place in an airtight container in the freezer, where it should keep for up to 9 months.
Unlike Hachiya persimmons, the non-astringent Sharonfruit variety of persimmon
can be eaten when it is still slightly firm or, if you prefer, you can wait and
eat it when it reaches its full ripeness. Store at room temperature for few days until
it reaches the softness that you desire. Ripe persimmons can be stored in the
refrigerator for up to a month.
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