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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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'By the time they get to their various destinations, the fruits would have been naturally ripened,'' Shehu said.
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The concept of ready-to-eat pears, he continues, "is truly one of the best ways to get consumers to buy more." Moffit says strides made in the last two to three years in ripening knowledge have enabled the industry to clear two huge hurdles preventing increased consumption: consumers who either want to eat their fruit immediately or within a day, and/or those who don't know how to ripen pears properly or who fail to realize the difference between varieties' ripening characteristics.
When weather is warmer than the optimum for a particular grape variety, the fruit ripens and achieves the best balance of acids and sugars long before the rest of the wine's flavorful substances show up in the proper amounts, says Jones.
ROUGETTE--The tasty, robust washed rind intertwined with the velvety aromatic richness of this soft ripened specialty.
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Harvest the early cooking and dessert apples as they ripen, that is, when the fruits part readily from the spur when lifted and given a slight twist.
But did you know that it was because bananas ripen so quickly that they were traditionally transported in the fastest ships - and that those ships were just as swiftly commandeered for the war effort because it was thought they could outrun submarines?
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.
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.
As it ripens in the fall, the fruit often hangs in the tree after all the leaves have fallen off.