A plantain is ripe when the peel is completely black and wrinkly and yields easily when mild pressure is applied to it. It takes three to four weeks for a plantain to ripen completely.
Plantains can be ripened by placing them in a warm place with good ventilation. If the weather is hot or humid, they should not be stacked together because this promotes mold. Plantains have less moisture content than bananas and take longer to ripen. Bananas have an average moisture content of 83 percent, but plantains have only 65 percent. The moisture content affects the conversion of starches to sugars. The higher the moisture content, the faster the conversion.Learn More
Vegetables contain many nutrients in small and large quantities. The most significant are vitamin A, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, folic acid, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin K. Males need more of these vitamins than females, except when females are pregnant or lactating.Full Answer >
Pumpkins should be harvested when they are ripe, usually around the end of summer or the beginning of fall. A pumpkin is ripe when it is orange all the way around, has a hard stem and skin and sounds hollow when slapped or thumped.Full Answer >
The average bell pepper weighs approximately 0.25 to 1 pound, including the stem and seed core. Actual bell pepper weights vary depending on variety, with some cultivars producing thicker walls. Growth factors, such as plant spacing, soil conditions, watering frequency and access to sunlight, also affect weight.Full Answer >
Soursop fruit is a large, prickly fruit that grows on the graviola tree, which is found in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The fruit is a common ingredient in juice, candy, sorbet and ice cream. It is also sometimes a part of alternative medical treatments.Full Answer >