Do Strawberries Ripen After Being Picked? (EXPLAINED)

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Do Strawberries Ripen After Being Picked

Strawberries are one of those fruits that almost everyone loves. 

They are eaten raw, used as an ingredient in numerous dishes (such as strawberry shortcake), and may be dried as well. 

Below, we discuss whether or not strawberries continue to ripen after they’re picked or not.

Do Strawberries Ripen After Being Picked?

Strawberries are one of the fruits that don’t ripen after they are picked. That means if they don’t look ripe when you go to pick them they probably aren’t (and won’t be if you pick them). So, stick with picking red strawberries with healthy green tops and stay away from plucking the ones with white still showing.

How Do You Ripen a Strawberry?

Strawberries don’t actually ripen naturally after they’ve been picked. That is why it’s crucial to leave them on the vine until they are ripe and ready to be picked. There is no sitting them on the counter and waiting for them to turn red. Make sure that you pick (or purchase) only strawberries that are fully red and have fresh green growth on the top as well.

How to Tell if a Strawberry is Ripe?

Strawberries are really simple to tell if they are ripe or not. Give them a close look, checking for white spots. If the berry is red, with no white showing, it is more than likely ripe. Give it a bit of a squeeze to check for firmness. If the berry is hard, like stone, it is not ripe. If it is firm but has a bit of softness to it, it is ripe and ready to be picked. Of course, if the berry smooshes upon your tentative touch, it was ripe long ago and is now spoiled.

Can You Ripen Strawberries With a Brown Paper Bag?

Strawberries are not known for ripening after being picked. That said, if you are adventurous, you may be able to get them to ripen a wee little bit (honestly, just a teensy-weensy-bit), by pulling the old brown paper bag trick with a banana or pair of apples tucked away somewhere with a stable room temperature.

Can You Eat Unripe Strawberries?

Unripe strawberries are not safe to eat, regardless of being rich in vitamin C. The unripe berry contains solanine at large levels and is poisonous. If eaten, raw unripe strawberries may cause gastrointestinal issues.