Can you spot the ripe banana?

Spotty ripe bananas

Anyone who knows me might be surprised to hear me say this:

It’s time to stop throwing away bananas.

Not because I enjoy tossing bananas, but because I never used to touch them at all.

My mom would try to hide them in peanut butter sandwiches. Other times, they’d appear uninvited in fruit smoothies – taking over, as they are wont to do.

I was a vocal opponent, and as a result, my sister’s horse, Pilgrim, ate more bananas (and with much more gusto) than I ever did growing up.

My banana coming of age, and a realization.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found the practically of bananas hard to ignore, and the flavour something I can actually tolerate….enjoy even.

They make a pretty perfect after surf snack. Frozen bananas are just about life changing.

So here I am, adult me, fully on the banana train. And I’ve come to notice that many people like to eat greeny-yellow bananas.

No biggie – do what you like.

The problem isn’t that people are choosing to eat greeny-yellow, unripe bananas, but that they are tossing their bananas when they develop spots.

When our cheerful yellow friends start to freckle, we see it as a sign of old age, and toss them prematurely. Like your sweet gran, they have plenty more love to give, if only you had a little more time for them. Ripe bananas are sweeter and easier to digest. Spotty on the outside doesn’t mean spotty on the inside!

ripe bananas
Someone is missing out on delicious banana bread!

Things to do with your ripe, spotted banana:

  • Eat // Trust me, you’ll be fine. Better than fine. I used to be anti-banana, so I feel my recommendation holds some weight.
  • Freeze // Always have frozen bananas on hand, I say. Use them in smoothies, on yogurt or chia pudding, or just sliced up. Pro tip: peel them before you freeze them.
  • Cook // The older and sweeter your bananas, the more delicious your banana bread.

If you’re a spotty banana tosser, you’re missing out. Those spots are trying to tell you that your bananas are finally old enough to stay up late and party.

Apparently you can eat banana peels too, but let’s just put one foot in front of the other for now. Instead I compost them.

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