So what causes your food to ripen so fast? There are a few factors. First, let’s talk gas, ethylene gas to be specific. Ethylene is a natural gas that’s released from some fruits and vegetables and is responsible for the ripening process.
This natural process can be used to our advantage. If you have an avocado that needs ripened quickly, seal it in a paper bag and let mother nature do its thing. However, too much can cause food to spoil quickly.
Other factors that play an important role are things such as temperature, how and when you wash a fruits or vegetables, and how and where they are stored.