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Can oranges get sweeter as they get older??

kelvinator May 24, 2004 10:28 AM

Just wondering.
I had a bag of them in the fridge in a plastic bag in the crisper for several weeks.
When I got back from a trip, they seemed to be a lot sweeter than they were when originally purchased.
Is it just that they lost some water and got more "concentrated", or can they actually ripen somehow, like a banana, despite the cold environment?

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    Just Larry May 25, 2004 12:24 PM

    Fresh picked oranges can frequently be tart. If left to sit out for a week they get much sweeter and juicier. In a refrigerator, they also do the same, it just takes longer because of the lower temperature.

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    1. re: Just Larry
      kelvinator May 26, 2004 02:27 PM

      Thanks, I guess I've been getting really fresh oranges at Fairway lately.
      It does make sense though.
      In the past, it always seemed that oranges would get less flavorsome and sweet with age...

      1. re: kelvinator
        Just Larry May 26, 2004 10:35 PM

        I agree if you are talking about storebought oranges. Fresh picked is a different story.

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