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5 fruits that continue to ripen actively after you buy them

5 fruits that continue to ripen actively after you buy them Fruits that ripen after being harvested have been named (photo: Freepik)

Buying fruits may seem like a simple task. However, some fruits continue to ripen even after being harvested, so it's worth paying attention to this, according to the Martha Stewart website.

Fruits that ripen after purchase

Fruits that continue to ripen after being picked are known as climacteric fruits.


Bananas continue to ripen after being harvested and sold, so it's important to consider this when planning to use them. If you want to enjoy them later, choose unripe bananas with completely green skin. At room temperature, it will take about a week for them to ripen.

Most stone fruits

Peaches, plums, nectarines, and apricots will ripen at home in about two to three days.

To determine if a stone fruit is ripe, gently squeeze it. Unripe fruits will be firm, while ripe ones will give slightly to the touch.


Pears can ripen in your kitchen at room temperature.

To speed up this process, store them next to apples or bananas, which emit ethylene—a gas that promotes ripening.

Ripe pears can be stored in the refrigerator for three to five days.


Another fruit that ripens after purchase is the kiwi. If you don't plan to eat the fruits immediately, look for unripe ones in the grocery store; they will be very firm to the touch.

At home, kiwis ripen at room temperature within three to five days, especially if placed next to bananas and apples.


Mangoes will continue to ripen after you bring them home, so keep this in mind when buying this tropical fruit.

When stored at room temperature, unripe mangoes will be ready to eat within three to eight days.

Ripe mangoes have a light sweet aroma and are soft to the touch. If you're not ready to eat them, store them in the refrigerator to slow down further ripening.

Fruits that do not ripen after harvesting


Unlike other stone fruits, cherries do not continue to ripen after being picked.

Choose cherries with shiny skin, bright green stems, and firm texture.

Do not wash cherries until you are ready to eat them, and store them in the refrigerator in an uncovered bag.


Once strawberries are picked, the ripening process stops, so be sure to buy berries harvested at the peak of ripeness.

Keep strawberries fresh in the refrigerator and do not wash them until you are ready to consume them, as moisture will encourage mold growth.


Choose bunches with bright green stems and no signs of wilting. You can perform a test: gently shake the bunch and select one where the grapes remain attached to the stem.

The first step in properly storing grapes is not to wash them before storing.

Store grapes in a perforated plastic bag in the coldest part of the refrigerator.


Pineapple is another fruit that does not ripen after being picked.

A ripe pineapple will be heavy, have a fragrant smell, and have a slightly yellow color. Avoid pineapples with minimal smell and a greener hue, as this indicates that the fruit was harvested before it ripened.

Store an uncut pineapple at room temperature for two to three days.

Earlier, we reported on seven healthy fruits and vegetables that everyone should eat this summer.

We also wrote about how to properly wash strawberries and why it is really important.