How to ripen green peaches at home
Peach is a very fragrant and tasty fruit, so in summer not only the counters of markets and shops are filled with it, but also Russian gardens. It often happens that outwardly the fruit is ready for use - it shimmers with red-yellow flowers and is covered with a velvety skin. But in fact, it is still unripe: the pulp is firm, without a pronounced aroma and taste. In the article, we will answer the questions of what to do with tough peaches and whether the fruits plucked from the tree ripen.
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Can peaches plucked from a tree ripen at home
If the fruit looks ripe but is hard on the inside, you can keep it at home to speed up ripening. The same is the case with green fruits..
It can be not only garden fruits, but also fruits from the market or from the store. The main thing is to know the simple ways through which an unripe peach will turn into juicy and sweet. The most common of these is the use of a paper bag or napkin made from natural linen fabric.
Important! Any fruit will only ripen at room temperature.
How to ripen peaches at home
Delicious and sweet peaches - an essential attribute of summer. Fruits are eaten fresh or made into jams and compotes.
If the fruits are not yet ripe enough or completely green, the following ripening methods are recommended.
Green peaches in a paper bag
Popular maturation method— put fruits in paper. Craft bags for packaging or gifts are great for this. Thanks to the paper, the fruit naturally releases ethylene gas without losing moisture.
If you use a plastic bag, the peach will quickly rot. In paper, it is left for 24 hours in a dry and warm place. During this time, the fruits are checked: if they smell good and become soft, then they can be eaten.
Attention! If after 24 hours the unripe fruits remain firm, they are left for another 12-15 hours, regularly checking the degree of ripeness. After ripening, the fruit retains its taste and marketability for another 2-3 days.
Maturation with linen fabric
It is recommended to use a linen napkin to ripen the green peaches. Fruits are laid out in its center, cuttings down, so that they do not touch each other. Cover them with a second linen napkin on top so that there are no gaps.
The fruits are left in a warm and dry place for 2-3 days, checking the degree of ripeness daily. It is determined by the aroma and hardness of the fruit. One part of the peaches is eaten immediately, the other is placed in the refrigerator for longer storage.
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How to determine ripeness and store correctly
Fruit ripeness is determined by color, firmness and aroma. A ripe peach should be soft and firm at the same time, moderately aromatic and velvety.
Overripe fruit squeezes too much and smells too sweet. Also, the peach should be free of green or brown spots, blackheads and other defects.
Attention! If the seed is dry or split, it means that the fruits were treated with chemicals and growth stimulants.
For long-term storage, peaches are placed in a refrigerator or dry cellar. In the second version, the fruit is placed in a wooden box and covered with newspaper or clean cotton cloth on top. Before that, the fruits are not washed - the natural bloom helps them stay longer.
It is recommended that you constantly check whether individual instances have deteriorated. If soft spots appear, the fruit is best used immediately for cooking. Peaches make nutritious and aromatic jam, confiture, jelly or jam.
At room temperature, the fruits lie no more than 2-3 days. The paper bags mentioned above are used for storage, the plastic is better left for other products. It is also important to pay attention to the humidity level - it should be no more than 85%. Otherwise, the peaches will spoil quickly. The optimum temperature is 0 ° C.
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There are several options for what you can do with unripe peaches, and they are all simple and effective. Some put the fruits in paper bags and put them in a warm and dry place, others cover unripe or green fruits with linen napkins and leave them at 0 ° C for 2-3 days.
Ripe peaches are firm and moderately soft, with a pleasant light aroma and velvety skin. Also, the fruits should not have green and black dots. The described methods help to reach not only peaches, but also nectarines, apricots, apples.