Banana Leaves and Ripening
Location: Outside U.S.
Date: Fall 2012
How does covering with banana leaves affect the ripening time of a certain fruit?
I believe many fruits release the gas ethylene as they ripen, and that
ethylene also speeds ripening. So, if the fruit is covered, the
ethylene it releases is kept next to the fruit instead of escaping.
Richard E. Barrans Jr., Ph.D., M.Ed.
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Wyoming
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