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Whats wrong with my fresh fruit???

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 18, 2013 at 4:11 AM

I love peaches, But lately I noticed the ones I buy don't seem to really ripen, they are still hard when pressed after 2+ weeks but the outside is really wrinkly and they just look gross after awhile. My boyfriend took one look at one of the wrinkly peaches and he was like, you really shouldn't eat that, just throw it away. Peaches aren't cheap here. My parents said something about a pesticide that keeps fruit from ripening fully. I wondered about that but I don't know how they could sell any fruit that way!

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@alligator Huh? Who are you exactly? ... ah, I see. You're the guy who decided to be shallow :-D Oh well, knock yourself out. Though I did not *troll* your questions, I *mocked* your questions :-P

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-1 for trolling my questions.

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on April 18, 2013
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I don't know wher you live, but it's not peach season in North America if you live in the US. Fruits and veggies are best eaten fresh, ripe, and from local sources. Buy what's plentiful and inexpensive from a local, certified farmers market, organic if possible. You'll be amazed at the flavor. Some things aren't local for most like tropical fruits, but the majority should be local and seasonal.

It means that you can't have peaches year round unless you're willing to buy them in season and can, freeze, or dry them to preserve them for the rest of the year. Or buy frozen at the grocery store--veggies and fruit are frozen at the peak of freshness.

There's something magical about that first ripe, juicy peach of the season, and I think it's enhanced by the knowledge that peach season is short and fast. A cold peach on a warm summer's day, mmmmmmm! Worth the wait.

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on April 18, 2013
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It's because fruit is picked long before it's ripe on the tree. Ripening is artificially induced when they're transported to stores (my step-dad is a produce truck driver). This is why fruits (especially tomatoes) often lack flavor and/or have a weird texture.

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on April 18, 2013
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It could be that the fruit didn't get enough or any of the ethylene treatment that's used to foster ripening... As Nemesis said the fruit is often picked a long time before it's ripe, held in storage then ripened. There have been a few time that I've bought bananas that didn't ripen, just shrivelled like your peaches did...

http://www.frontlineservices.com.au/Frontline_Services/Fruit_ripening_gas_-_ethylene.html

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on April 18, 2013
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As other have said, fruit is picked unripe and very often is sold unripe. It's expected to ripen in your home, that's normal.

If the fruit doesn't ripen but dries out or rots, well, a couple of things could have gone wrong. Most often it's been picked and sold as too unripe and you can't do much about it except for choosing better next time. Sometimes it helps to put some very ripe bananas (which emit ethylene, a ripening gas) close to the fruit you want to ripen.

But in general if you're buying off-season fruits from far away (e.g. peaches in the US in April very likely come from Chile), you will likely have ripening problems. The severity depends on the fruit -- for example I find that avocados ripen at home very well, while peaches and nectarines do not.

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on April 18, 2013
at 06:06 PM

@alligator Huh? Who are you exactly? ... ah, I see. You're the guy who decided to be shallow :-D Oh well, knock yourself out. Though I did not *troll* your questions, I *mocked* your questions :-P

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on April 18, 2013
at 05:42 PM

-1 for trolling my questions.

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