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May 24, 2004 10:28 AM

Can oranges get sweeter as they get older??

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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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  1. 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

      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

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