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Keep your bananas fresh longer: wrap the crown (or the individual stems) with plastic

Keep your bananas fresh longer: wrap the crown (or the individual stems) with plastic |

You went out of town, you’re driving back to your home in the city and passing through several provinces. In every town and between each town, there are roadside stalls selling the food specialties of the area. Sometimes, it’s fresh produce; other times, it’s something cooked or bottled. Because these are rural areas, the prices are much lower (unless you don’t know how to haggle and accept the first price you’re given).

What do you do? Aren’t you tempted to buy and buy a lot? Been there, done that. With fruits, especially. Fruits are so inexpensive in the provinces that we want to buy as much as we can. The trouble with that, of course, is that fresh fruits are highly perishable and they will stay fresh only for so long. Is there a way to keep them fresh longer?

In the case of bananas, Speedy read something interesting and decided to try the technique. It involves wrapping the crown of the bananas with plastic. He has tried it twice already and, in both cases, the bananas stayed fresh longer for two days, and minus the ugly black spots that mark the onset of overripening. A simple trick to keep your bananas fresh longer

What does the plastic do? From Lifehacker:

Bananas, like many fruits, release ethylene gas naturally, which controls enzymatic browning and ripening of not just itself, but other fruits nearby. Much of that offgassing takes place at the stem — or the crown — of the banana. By wrapping the crown of a bunch, you slow down the ripening process a bit.

If you wrap the crown of the bananas with plastic then tear off a banana (and you will tear them off to eat one by one), you’ll have to re-wrap the crown to hide the portions where the bananas have been pulled off.

A second technique is to separate the bananas and wrap the stems individually. There are a lot of articles online that say this technique makes the bananas stay fresh even longer. We have NOT tried this second technique at home, however, so I can’t make a comparison.

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