Classroom Activity

Ripening of Fruits and Vegetables
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Audience: Educators
Grades: 5-8


During spaceflight, fresh fruits and vegetables have a short shelf life and must be eaten within a few days. This experiment allows students to test the rate of ripening fruit and to use a chemical to inhibit the ripening process.

Ripening of Fruits and Vegetables Lesson Plan [77KB PDF file]

This lesson plan is part of the Space Food and Nutrition Educator Guide.