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ripen up

To grow ripe; to become mature enough to harvest or pick. Make sure you plant your tomatoes in a spot that gets plenty of sunshine, or else it will take a whole lot longer for them to ripen up.
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ripen into (something)

1. Of a food, to become ripe or mature over time and enter into a new form, state, or condition. We must first press the curds to get rid of excess moisture before they begin ripening into cheese. Bees mix a special secretion with the nectar as they collect it from flowers. They then deposit the mixture into the combs of the hive, and it eventually ripens into honey.
2. Of a person, to change, develop, or mature over time until one enters into a new state, condition, or type of person. She was pretty brash and headstrong when she first took over the company, but she has ripened into a strong, reliable, and steady-handed leader over the last 10 years. As he ripened into adulthood, Jake left much of his boyish wonder and naïveté behind.
3. Of a situation or circumstance, to grow or develop into some new, more complex or deep-seated state or condition. Many believe the rumblings of the population are going to ripen into full-blown rebellion. Any relationship will have its highs and lows, but those couples who can communicate effectively and look past their own individual insecurities will eventually ripen into strong, happy unions.
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ripen into something

1. Lit. to ripen and become something recognizable. This little green ball will ripen into an apple.
2. Fig. to mature into something. This problem is going to ripen into a real crisis if we don't do something about it right now. The small matter ripened into a large problem in a short time.
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After the raids confirmed the worst fears that the fruit traders were using carcinogens to ripen fruit, the Telangana state agriculture and horticulture department decided to set up three fruit ripening chambers of its own at different places to tackle the menace.
Ripened artificially with calcium carbide, mangoes put you at the risk of headache, dizziness, sleep disorders and even memory loss This ( using calcium carbide) is the only way to quickly ripen mangoes.
Sunburned fruit also may ripen through dehydration, creating unbalanced fruit chemistry with high sugars and high acids that result in unbalanced wines.
There is one group of tomatoes known as long-keeper varieties, such as the Spanish 'De Colgar', which will ripen slowly after harvesting if kept in a cool, frost-free place.
So green tomatoes will ripen if stored with red ones.
Stop watering melons as soon as they start to ripen in the greenhouse
When fruits ripen, they produce a gas called ethylene (ETH-il-een).
Early apples will ripen as early as in August and late apples can go into October or even November before they are ready to pick.
Simply place green fruits in a paper bag in a warm room to ripen; since warmth, not light, ripens them, it is a waste of time putting them in rows on the windowsills.
A small green apple cannot ripen in one night by tightening its jaws in order to find itself the next morning miraculously large, red, ripe, and juicy.
Avoid: Bruised fruit, discolored skins, or a dull, grayish, aged appearance (which means the fruit has been exposed to cold and won't ripen properly).
The pineapple, unlike most fruits, does not continue to ripen once it has been harvested.
Though this chemical is banned in many countries, including India, it is being freely used across the country to ripen fruits such as mangoes, watermelons, bananas etc.
A solution finally may be at hand for the number-one consumer gripe about America's favorite fresh fruit: bananas and their tendency to quickly ripen and soften into an unappetizing mush.