How To Quickly Ripen Plantains Or Bananas

Bananas and plantains take a while to ripen. They'll eventually ripen but we are often too impatient to wait that long. Here are 4 ways to speed up the process.

Bunch of banana

1. Ripening plantains or bananas in a paper bag


  • Place your plantains or bananas in a paper bag. The paper bag should be large enough to contain them easily. 
  • Add an apple into the paper bag. Apples will quicken the ripening process because they release a gas called ethylene. Ethylene is commercially used to ripen fruits. You do not need to close the bag all the way. In fact, it is best to only close the bag loosely.
  • Put the bag in a warm place like your kitchen cabinets or cupboards. Check on the plantains  and bananas daily. They are ripe when they turn deep yellow with a few brown spots and become somewhat soft. The plantains will ripen in about a week and some days while the bananas in several days. 


You can still use this method without an apple but it will take a longer time to ripen. Likewise, a sack can be used in place of a paper bag.

2. Ripening them in an oven


Just place your unpeeled plantains in the oven and let them bake
at 300 degrees fahrenheit or around 150°C for about 30 minutes to an hour.
They’ll turn shiny and black, and they’ll definitely be hot to touch. Put them in the refrigerator or wait till they cool and you'll have soft and sweet plantains and bananas.

Why did the oven ripen them?
This is because the heat actually stimulated the ripening process.

3. Using the microwave


Poke through the skin of the peel a couple of times on all sides with a fork or knife. Place the banana in the microwave for 30 seconds. Wait for it to cool and check if it soft enough. If it's not, microwave for another 30 minutes.

Continue doing this until the desired result is gotten.

4. In a bunch


This is a much more natural way of ripening plantains and bananas. Do not separate them from the bunch.
Give them time and they'll eventually ripen. The more consolidated they are, the more ripening gas- ethylene that's released.

Do you know any other way to ripen bananas? Let me know in the comments. Please share this post to your friends and family. 

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