Q. Is there a general rule of thumb for ripening fruits after you buy them? For instance, I was told that bananas ripen in the dark, so you put them in a paper bag. Is there a list of such tips? Also, what about if you cut it open, such as a melon. Should you leave the seeds in the half you’re not using or scoop them out before storing for later use?
A. Every fruit differs when it comes to ripening. For example:
Cantaloupe ripens after harvest. Ripen on kitchen counter at room temperature; refrigerate once cut. Note that not every variety of cantaloupe is soft when ripe. Whether you scoop the seeds out of the half you are not using is just a matter of personal preference – they don’t preserve the fruit.
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