Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Slow a Banana Ripening

As snacking Ultimate players know: Sometimes you want a banana to ripen faster, other times you do not.

Option 1: To slow ripening, you need to remove ethylene. You can't remove ethylene completely, but you can slow its reaction by putting ripe bananas in the fridge. The skin of the banana will turn brown, which is normal, & the fruit inside is still good. You can keep bananas in the fridge for a couple weeks & they may not look good, but they still taste great. Do not put unripe bananas in the fridge, it will impede the early stages of ripening and spoil the fruit.

Option 2: If you want to hold onto your bananas for longer, separate them at the stem. Separated bananas were clearly still greener than the ones that were bunched together.

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