Fruit Ripened by Ethylene Gas (Mar, 1932)

Fruit Ripened by Ethylene Gas

PERISHABLE fruits and vegetables shipped to the cities in an unripened condition may be treated by ethylene gas and ripened in 24 hours.

The artificially-ripened fruit has a natural taste, while the gas is said to have no harmful effects on the eater.

  1. whoozle whaazle says: November 23, 201110:15 am

    And to this day we’re still using this method of ripening fruits 🙂

  2. Mike says: November 23, 201110:59 am

    Unless you get vine ripened tomatoes, they are green unripe tomatoes that have been gassed. I am not even sure about the vine ripened tomatoes.

  3. Hirudinea says: November 23, 20112:40 pm

    @ whoozle whaazle – Yep, well ethylene is a plant hormone that makes the fruit rippen so its a good way to rippen them.

  4. Mike says: November 26, 20118:10 pm

    It doesn’t really ripen them, the just gets them to change colors early. The fruit/vegetable itself hasn’t matured the way it should. Fruit that isn’t ripe is firmer and ships with less damage.

  5. Hirudinea says: November 26, 201110:36 pm

    @ Mike – Well it sort of rippens them, but if you want bananas in winter (or here in Canada at all) it’s the price you have to pay, nothing is as good as vine rippened though.

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