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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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And ripening is a way for us to deliver that confidence at the retail shelf by allowing retailers to offer pears that will ripen more evenly and faster once customers take them home.
While vineyards in some cool grape-producing regions may continue to see grape quality rise, vineyards in currently warm climates might be challenged by increased drought, fruit that ripens before its flavors fully develop, and larger or more-frequent infestations of disease or agricultural pests.
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.
Bell peppers can mature green as well as red, orange, yellow, or maroon; pimientos ripen red; wax types go from yellow to orange or red.
Under ideal conditions, Camembert and brie will ripen in a few weeks.
Also," she notes, "a clearer understanding of the ripening phenomenon could guide efforts to genetically engineer melons that would ripen on demand.
ethylene affects the rate at which fruit ripens or petals fade.
However, as it ripens, the peel softens and its oil content diminishes--signaling the flies to come and feast.
The pineapple, unlike most fruits, does not continue to ripen once it has been harvested.
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.
The work advances prospects for engineering plants that ripen only at grocers' convenience.