The Bing cherry tree (Prunus avium) was cultivated in Oregon in the 1870s. Its fruit has sweet-tasting flesh, with dark red or almost black skin when ripe. These small cherries, with a pit in the center, are delicious when they are ripe, but often the fruit sold in stores is not yet ripe. There are a few things you can try at home to hasten the ripening of Bing cherries.
Things You'll Need
- Lint-free cloth
- Paper bag
- Low-sided box
Remove the cherries from their plastic bag if you purchased them at a store. The produce needs to breath, and a plastic bag, although it has holes, can still collect moisture and carbon dioxide. These two elements can cause your Bing cherries to decay.
Dry the cherries if they have moisture on them. Use an absorbent, lint-free cloth, but be careful when handling the cherries so you don't squeeze them. This can bruise the cherries and lead to rotting, not ripening.
Place the cherries inside a paper bag. Do not fill the bag until it is full. Place only one or two layers of cherries inside. Otherwise, the weight of the cherries upon themselves can cause them to bruise and rot.
Add an apple to the bag, then fold the top of the bag closed. Do not fold it so it rests against the cherries in the bag. Leave at least half the bag empty. Apples produce ethylene gas that helps speed up the ripening process of the cherries in the closed bag.
Place the paper bag out of direct sunlight. Inspect the contents daily. Remove any cherries that have ripened.
If you don't have a paper bag or you want to see the cherries, line the bottom of a low-sided box with five or six sheets of newspaper. Lay the Bing cherries in a single layer on the newspaper.
Leave the box of cherries at room temperature and out of direct sunlight on a counter or table. Check the cherries daily, and remove them as they ripen.
Tips & Warnings
- Cherries that are yellow or green will not ripen. It is important to leave these cherries on the tree until they are ripe.
- A cherry is ripe if it comes off the tree easily when pulled.
- Photo Credit Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images
When Are Sour Cherries Ripe?
Sour cherries are used in fruit pies, jellies and jams. Cherries require a chilling period, or a certain number of hours between...
How to Ripen Fruit Faster
If you like buying fresh fruit at a market or grocery store, chances are you know how to choose the fruit, too....
How to Use Choke Cherries
Have you ever wondered what you could do with chokecherries, those berries that grow in clumps and range in color from dark...
How to Grow Bing Cherry Trees
Bing cherries are one of the most popular fruit trees grown by amateur gardeners. It is no wonder, because the bing cherry...
How to Tell If My Cherry Trees Are Ripe
Cherries require harvesting at full maturity since the fruits won't ripen further after they are picked. Most of the cherries on a...
Do Persimmons Ripen Off the Tree?
The persimmons fruit can be tough to recognize thanks to the large variety within its cultivars: some fruits appear round and small...
Which Fruit Will Not Ripen When Picked?
Climacteric fruits continue to ripen after they’re picked, giving off ethylene through pores in their skin as they do. The respiration rate...
Why Are the Peaches Rotten Before They Are Ripe?
Peach trees, Prunus persica, produce edible fruits that have a sweet, juicy flavor. Amateur and professional gardeners alike grow peach trees to...
Can You Ripen Cherries After They're Picked?
Most fruit can be classified as either climacteric or nonclimacteric. Climacteric fruit continue to ripen after they are harvested. Nonclimacteric fruit do...