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Dec 31, 2009 07:21 AM

Ripening Kiwis

I buy kiwis at Costco in a 4lb container. That's about 16-18 kiwis. Normally, about 1/3 are beginning to ripen and the rest could be used in a stone fight. Does anyone have a good method for ripening kiwis in less than 10+ days?

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  1. putting kiwifruit near fruits that produce ethlyene gas( apples, bananas or pears) will speed up the ripening process. Put kiwi in a bag with these fruits for a day or two to and you should be all set!

    1. In all my years in the commercial kitchen I've never heard of the "bag 'em with bananas" trick and now I'm dying to try it. We use lots of kiwis.

      Up to now we've been keeping them in a low-room-temp dry storage area (right next to our tomatoes and avocadoes) and we pick out the ripe ones and leave the rest for another day.

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      1. re: shaogo

        i'd LOVE to know how it works out for you!!!!

        1. re: shaogo

          Tomatoes and avocados produce ethlyene gas and should speed up the kiwi ripening process, but kiwis also produce ethlyene, so you have a very synergistic ripening environment in your storage area. No need for banana-bag trick, you've got it right.
          Actually, bananas and apples are not only ethlyene producers but are also ethlyene-sensitive and should be kept away from ethlyene producers.