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Name: Ted
Status: other
Grade: other
Location: GA
Country: N/A
Date: 10/12/2005


Question:
Is it true that bananas are the only fruit that will not ripen until it has been removed from the tree? If so, how long can they remain on the tree and still be harvested?


Replies:
Bananas are harvested before they have time to ripen, so that they can be shipped. The following may be helpful:

http://koning.ecsu.ctstateu.edu/plants_human/fruitgrowripe.html

Anthony Brach Ph.D.



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