Avocado ripening seems so fickle, it’s become a meme. The fruit—yes, avocados are fruit—are rock-hard for days when you bring them home from the grocery store. Then, seemingly in a blink of an eye, they’ve gone too mushy. Guacamole lovers like me know the struggle.
But you needn’t stare at the avocados in your fruit bowl for days on end, watching the produce equivalent of paint drying. We’ve got a better way to hasten avocados’ ripening—and all it takes is a banana.
Place unripe avocados inside a paper bag with a banana or two, and you’ll speed up ripening. Moving the bag to a warm spot in the kitchen can add a further ripening boost.