Using bananas to ripen other fruit

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These end-of-season Sungold tomatoes changed from green to ripe in 4 days once the banana was added!

Using bananas to accelerate ripening of other fruit

Bananas produce natural organic hydro-carbon compound, ethylene which acts as self-ripening agent.

It is a natural hormone and is widely used in agriculture to force the ripening of fruits other than bananas.

Ethylene

Ethylene is an organic compound, a hydrocarbon with the formula C2H4 or H2C=CH2. It is a colourless flammable gas with a faint "sweet and musky" odour when pure.

Ethylene is widely used in chemical industry, and its worldwide production (over 109 million tonnes in 2006) exceeds that of any other organic compound. Ethylene is also an important natural plant hormone, used in agriculture to force the ripening of fruits.

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