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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 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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Mrs Mbazendan Akwati, a fruit seller, who deals in oranges said oranges, said that she had never ripened her fruits through artificial processes.
Levels of enterococci in a fully ripened cheese may range from [10.sup.5] to [10.sup.7] cfu/g [28].
They are ripened using ethylene inside ripening rooms.
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.
The SMS ripened for 60 days had higher pH values (pH6.70) compared to SMS aged for 45 days.
Antioxidant capacity declined as the fruit ripened from white to turning.
reported that the quality of 'Tommy Atkins' and 'Keitt' mangoes was not affected when fruits were treated with hot water at 46degC for 90 minutes and then stored for 3 days at 13degC and subsequently ripened at 24degC [8].
Such differences in ripened cheese were significant between treatment (I) cheese from one side and treatments II and III cheeses from the other side which showed insignificant differences.
Before long it became clear that ripe or damaged fruit also releases ethylene, which is the reason that green bananas can be readily ripened by placing them in a bag with a ripe tomato.
The other tomato did not receive extra ethylene gas so it ripened slowly.
The fruit developed a golden yellow peel colour when fully ripened, compared with those kept at chilling temperature which acquired a dull yellow peel colour.
Known also as hedge, hedge apple, bodark (from the French bois d'arc, meaning wood of the bow), and bowwood, the osage-orange's name comes from the Osage Indian tribe, which lived near the tree's home range, and from the orange-like aroma of the ripened fruit.
At Home: After they've ripened, keep in the refrigerator.
Louis, these prematurely plucked and artificially ripened tomatoes just don't have the flavor consumers desire.
The only time you can pull fruit off the tree, as shown at right, is when it has ripened fully.