Bananas turning black? Here's how to keep them fresh and yellow

Bananas hanging at a market stall. Photo: iStock/MelanieMaya

Bananas, readily available in our backyards, are a delicious fruit cherished by people of all ages. Laden with vitamins, minerals, and essential nutrients, they provide nourishment to the body, and are rich with iron, fibre, and antioxidants. Furthermore, bananas are rich in various enzymes that enhance immunity and combat diseases. Yet, it's often lamented that store-bought bananas tend to brown quickly.

Here are some effortless tips to preserve bananas for extended periods:

Hanging method
Mimicking fruit stalls, where bunches of bananas are hung to deter premature spoilage, this technique aids in both preservation and ripening. Even if not purchasing entire hands of bananas, hanging bananas at home can significantly extend their freshness.

Plastic wrapping
After detaching from the stem, wrap bananas in plastic covers, ensuring complete coverage, including the stalks. This prevents browning and over-ripening. By reducing the ethylene emitted by the fruit, plastic wrapping can maintain freshness for up to five to six days.

Vinegar wash
Create a solution by mixing water with a few tablespoons of vinegar in a bowl. Dip the bananas into this solution before hanging them. Bananas treated with a vinegar wash retain freshness for weeks.

Fresh organic bananas. Photo: iStock/fcafotodigital

Plastic bag storage
For prolonged freshness, store bananas in airtight plastic bags and refrigerate. This method can preserve bananas for up to a month. Remember to thaw the bananas at least thirty minutes before consumption. Do not put them back to the refrigerator once you thaw them.

Incorporating these simple yet effective methods into your routine can help bananas remain delicious and nutritious for longer periods.

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