Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I discovered some interesting facts about avocados... The avocado fruit does not ripen on the tree, but will fall off or be picked in a hard, 'green' state, then it will ripen quickly on the ground. The fruit can be left on the tree until required, rather than picked and stored, but for commercial reasons it must be picked as soon as possible. If you purchase 'green' avocados you can ripen them quickly by storing them on the counter with your bananas, because the ethylene gas produced by the bananas will stimulate the production of the same gas in the avocado, thereby inducing faster ripening.
Growers can keep the fruit on the tree for about 4 - 6 months after fully developed; if the fruit stays on the tree for too long it will fall to the ground, and then ripen.
(I guarantee my avocado paintings will not over ripen... you can store them next to your bananas as long as you like!)
10x10 oil on canvas (needs some extra drying time for the impasto 'fleshy' areas)