Bananas are a fruit that can be found all year round in shops. Rich in vitamins, fiber and potassium, they help to eliminate bacteria from our stomach. Studies have shown that regular consumption of bananas helps maintain good heart function, bone density, good vision, good blood pressure and healthy kidneys. When you buy bananas, you don’t necessarily eat them immediately. For later consumption, it is better to buy them while they are still green, because they keep longer.
CONSERVATION OF GREEN BANANAS
As soon as the bananas are purchased, they must be removed from their plastic packaging, otherwise the fruit could rot very quickly. Also, if they are placed in a container with other fruits, they will ripen much faster than if they are placed alone and separately.
When you really enjoy bananas, a banana hook can be very useful and effective, as it allows the fruit to breathe, which will delay the appearance of brown spots.
Bananas are stored at room temperature. Placing them in the refrigerator will prevent them from ripening properly. Bananas will ripen faster or slower depending on the room temperature. The higher the room temperature, the faster the ripening will occur. However, it is not recommended to expose them to the sun. Once brown spots appear, bananas can be stored in the refrigerator, which will slow down the ripening process
STORING BANANA SLICES
When making a good fruit salad or cake with banana slices, you can store the slices in a little lemon juice, pineapple juice or even vinegar to keep them fresh.
STORING RIPE BANANAS
The first step is to separate the ripe bananas from the rest of the diet, which will prevent the other bananas from ripening even faster. Next, the ripe bananas can be placed next to other unripe fruit, such as an avocado or pear, which will slow down the ripening process, while allowing the avocado or pear to ripen a little faster. A win-win situation!
WRAP THE STEMS
To further preserve ripe bananas, the stems can be wrapped in plastic, which will prevent ethylene, produced naturally during the ripening process, from reaching other parts of the fruit. Each time a banana is removed from the diet, wrap the remaining stem in plastic.
STORING BANANAS IN THE REFRIGERATOR
Ripe bananas are easily stored in the refrigerator, as the refrigerator slows down the ripening process and the fruit will keep for 1 to 2 weeks longer. It is also possible to freeze bananas in an airtight container, but they must be peeled first. Ideally, bananas should be chopped or pureed and then frozen. Frozen bananas in chunks or pureed form will keep for several months.