Melon is the perfect summer fruit, appreciated for its taste and thirst-quenching effect.
Served on its own or as an accompaniment, as an aperitif or dessert, in a sweet or savory salad, the melon is suitable for all tastes.
But sometimes, it can lack maturity and therefore not be as tasty as desired.
Discover all our tips for ripening a melon faster.
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How to ripen a melon after picking it?
Melon is known for its moisturizing properties and for its fiber, vitamin C and beta-carotene content.
Despite its nutritional qualities, consuming a melon that is too young is hardly appreciable.
Lack of taste and too firm flesh are the characteristics of a melon that has not reached maturity.
But then, what is the best way to ripen a melon after it has been picked?
To ripen a melon, nothing beats the effectiveness of the sun.
But if the fruit is picked too young, there are techniques to speed up the ripening process.
It is a question of reinforcing the action of acetylene, a component contained in the fruit, which participates in its maturation.
There are different tricks to influence this molecule.
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Place the melon in contact with other fruits to make it ripen faster
The easiest way to quickly ripen a melon is to put it in a fruit basket, surrounded by apples and bananas.
These two varieties of fruit give off more acetylene than the others, a component that will promote the ripening of the melon.
At room temperature and by the sole effect of this contact with the apples and bananas, the melon will ripen more efficiently.
A practical way to enjoy a vitaminized melon with a thirst-quenching taste.
Ripen a melon in a paper bag
The melon belongs to the category of fruits that continue to ripen after picking.
But to accelerate the ripening effect, one can use a simple and very effective trick.
Just place the melon in a kraft paper bag.
Make sure the bag is tightly closed and air circulates around the fruit.
After one or two days, the melon is ripe and tasty to taste.
The action of acetylene, contained in the fruit, makes it possible to achieve this result.
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Place the melon under a bell jar to make it ripen faster
Another way to quickly ripen a melon is to place it under a bell jar.
This can be a cheese or cake cover, ensuring an airtight air pocket around the fruit.
The melon will release acetylene, which will concentrate under the bell and promote its maturation.
For even more efficiency, it is possible to place an apple, a pear or a banana under the bell.
A larger quantity of acetylene is thus obtained, which has the effect of increasing the effect of the gas on the melon.
With this easy-to-implement technique, you get a fragrant, juicy and delicious melon.
A mature melon can be kept for a few days in the fruit drawer of the refrigerator.