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Thread: How ripe should fruit ideally be?

  1. #1
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    May 2009
    Northern Idaho

    How ripe should fruit ideally be?

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    Title says it all. I've found that I prefer some fruits (avocados and tomatoes mostly) a bit less ripe than most people, especially since I usually eat them on salads so I want them a little less mushy.
    So is there any nutritional difference (not calories, but more along the lines of micronutrients/vitamins/etc) between ripe fruit and not-ripe fruit?
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  2. #2
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    Nov 2011
    High Desert
    I've heard that unripe fruits are higher in vitamin C that's why you get diarrhea more readily on green cherries, rather than ripe red ones.
    But other nutrients go up and vit. C goes down the riper the fruit turns.
    I don't know which ones though....sorry

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    Oct 2010
    Washington state
    Variety! Sometimes underripe, sometimes half-rotten.
    Steak, eggs, potatoes - fruits, nuts, berries and forage. Coconut milk and potent herbs and spices. Tea instead of coffee now and teeny amounts of kelp daily. Let's see how this does! Not really had dairy much, and gut seems better for it.

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    Mar 2010
    UK Midlands
    Good question i thought about this before, but i think there is no right answer!

    ive read stuff about varying nutritional quality, and not just with ripening, with cooking too. someting go up some go down...

    I realised, it wasnt worth caring about, no animal in the animal kingdom worries about exactly how ripe their fruit is lol

    When fruit gets really ripe it ferments, here we realise fermented foods are beneficial! so should we let all our fruit do that? but at the same time, too much fructose can be bad, and riper fruits have higher sugar contents......... mix it up, enjoy it, dont worry about it
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    Nov 2011
    I really like fermented fruit~~ well, fermented grapes anyway~~

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    Dec 2011
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    Heh. In my house it's an academic question, because inevitably the fruit arrives a bit underripe and a bit overabundant, and then it's a race to eat it all before it goes bad. (I currently limit carbs and don't eat a ton of fruit.)

    With avocados in particular there's a big distinction between ripe and mature. Here in CA much of the winter supply comes from Chile, and often these are picked long before they have had a chance to develop much oil content. They look right on the outside and go from hard to soft on the same timetable, but even if you let them sit a while they are whitish and watery inside, and sometimes also stringy...very disappointing for a Hass avocado that should be yellow-green and buttery. In the off season I look for the Mexican ones that don't have so far to travel.

    And if you do get mature/high-fat avos and let them go too mushy they develop a high tyramine content...imparts a funky rancid flavor I don't much like, and apparently it's a real no-no for anyone taking MAO inhibitors.

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