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Will strawberries ripen any further once they are picked?

Asked by Jeruba (51640points) June 30th, 2011

If tomatoes are picked a little green, they’ll ripen a bit more if I set them on the windowsill.

How about strawberries? It’s very disappointing to buy a basket of berries that look nice and red, only to find them white and hard on the inside. Is it too late? If I leave them out for a bit, will they get any better or just spoil?

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laureth's avatar

In my experience, they spoil. They won’t ripen once they’re picked.

gailcalled's avatar

Sorry but no. They will however rot, go mushy or grow white beards.

Coloma's avatar

Sadly no, they must be on the plant in the sun to achieve full ripening.
I’ve had two dud watermelons in a row….bah!

gailcalled's avatar

@Coloma: So have I, wet and overripe, like a Renoir nude. They are taking up a huge amount of room annoyingly in my compost pile.

Sunny2's avatar

I know stone fruit (peaches and apricots) keep ripening. And tomatoes. And avocados. Do plums? Or pluots? What else can we think of?

gailcalled's avatar

What is a pluot?

janbb's avatar

@gailcalled A cross between a plum and an apricot. And nix on the strawberries ripening.

Coloma's avatar


Mine have just become organic bowling balls, rolled deep into the forest for the critters. :-D

Jeruba's avatar

Thanks, all. I’m disappointed but not surprised.

And I know why they pick them so green. But still—who would ever want to buy them twice if they thought that’s what strawberries were really like?

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