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Kiwi fruit ripening

From: "John Sheldon and Kate MacLean" <spencer@inforamp.net>
Newsgroups: alt.agriculture.fruit
Subject: Re: Kiwi fruit ripening

Joe Dittmer <dittmer@flash.net> wrote in article <6i4kvp$8cf$1@excalibur.flash.net>...
> Hopefully I'm on the right board for this question. If not, sorry. Please
> direct me elsewhere.
> My question: I love kiwi fruit, but the only ones I can ever find are very
> hard. I've tried just leaving them at room temperature to ripen.
> Sometimes it works fine and they get nice and sweet with a little "give".
> Other times, they stay rock hard forever, never getting sweet or soft, and
> only shriveling up and looking ugly. This is even after a couple weeks.
> They remain hard! What's the proper way to ripen them? What's a quick way
> to ripen them? Why do they sometimes not ripen at all? HELP???
> Sandy

Yes you came to the right group.

Kiwifruit is very slow to ripen in the first couple of months after harvest. In the last few weeks, the World's supply of kiwifruit has switched to growing regions in the Southern Hemisphere. The fruit is very slow to ripen, at this point because it has more chance of propogating if ripening doesn't take place until spring. to accelerate it's ripening, you should keep the kiwifruit warm and near a source of ethylene gas, which is a byproduct of the ripening process of certain climacteric fruits (ones that ripen after harvest). Your best source of ethylene in your house is your bananas and your apples. Place the kiwifruit in a paper bag on top of the fridge with either of these fruits, until it softens. Once kiwifruit is ripe, it can be stored in the fridge for 3 to 4 weeks

In about two months you'll notice that the kiwifruit that you buy will ripen much more quickly, since the fruit is now more mature. At that time, you'll want to make sure that it doesn't become overripe. But alas, in October or November the supply will switch to the Northern Hemisphere, and you'll find that in November and December that the fruit will be very slow to ripen again.

If you shop at a store with a quality produce department and a manger that is on the ball, you could ask if they have pre-conditioned kiwifruit. This is fruit that has been put into a ripening chamber (usually used for bananas) where there is a high concentration of ethylene fruit. Pre-conditioned fruit will ripen up much more quickly than non-pre-conditioned fruit. Unfortunately, a lot of kiwifruit is not pre-conditioned and a lot of produce managers will look at you as if you came from another planet.

A question for all...

From: Farhad (farhad@globalnet.co.uk)
Subject: Re: A question for all...
Newsgroups: soc.culture.iranian
Date: 1997/01/21

iranira@rs6000.lewisu.edu (rasheed p irani) wrote:

>I know that in irAn they have kiwis now. What do they call kiwi in irAn?!
>Is it a popular fruit? Is is expensive in comparison with other fruits?
>Do they produce it in irAn or import it?
> They call it Kiwi and they grow it themselves and export some. But I have not seen any Iranian Kiwis in the UK. We get Pommegranate (ANAR), Quince (BEH), Melon (Kharbozeh), Water Melon (Hendevaneh) and Limoo Shirin (YUK!) from Iran in London.

>How about broccoli? Do they even have broccoli in irAn? If so, I have
>the same questions about it.

Nope! I didn't see any Broccoli or Brussels Sprouts.
>zoqAl axte,
>P.S. Speaking of zoqAl axte, I've planted a zoqAl axte tree in my garden!
> I hope it doesn't die in this cold winter!

Pardon my ignorence, I've heard of Zoghal Akhte, but what is it? Is it like a nut or something. Badoom? Please advise.

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