Rescuing a CUT but unripe avocado


I've seen this Q&A

What can I do to help my avocados ripen?

And this one

Will avocado stay fresh longer if stored in the refrigerator?

and this one

What can I do to help my avocados ripen?

but none of them answers my question which is:

I have an avocado I cut open but it's not ripe yet. Being that it's already cut what if any are my options? For the moment I poured some lemon juice on the exposed parts, put them in a container and put them in the refrigerator but I kind of get the impression they'll never get ripe in there and I should just throw them away. Being already cut it doesn't seem like I can leave them out of the refrigerator in a paper bag.

Is there any way to rescue these already cut but unripe avocados?

Best Answer

If you don't want to use the unripened avocado right away, according to this site

Store Cut Unripe Avocados - If you have cut open your... avocado and found it to be unripe, sprinkle the exposed flesh of the avocado with lemon or lime juice, place the two halves back together and cover tightly with clear plastic wrap before placing in the refrigerator. Check the avocado periodically to see if it has softened up enough to eat. Depending on firmness when the fruit was cut and temperature conditions, the ripening process will vary

Another user suggests to use vitamin C powder instead, as her experiments show the vinegar would darken the avocado.

Ironically enough, there's a solution to ripen the avocado (almost) instantly if you want to use it right away. This link talks about "instantly" ripening a foil wrapped avocado by baking it in an oven preheated to 95°C/200°F oven. Cooking time can start as low as 10 minutes. Keep checking every 10 minutes until it's soft enough for your use. After it's been in the oven, let cool and unwrap.

Note: that the taste and texture would be changed after thus heating the avocado, but it should be usable right away after baking.

There's also uses for the unripened avocado seen here