[NAFEX] Choosing Bananas
kathmath at charterinternet.com
Mon Sep 15 09:38:05 EDT 2008
I'd never considered honesty an adjective that could be applied to fruit,
but I will use it from now on. Thanks for a delightful turn of phrase.
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From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of Ginda Fisher
Sent: 09/12/2008 3:36 PM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Choosing Bananas
On Sep 12, 2008, at 3:35 PM, Don Yellman wrote:
> . . .
> When you want to eat all your bananas right away, buying them
> yellow with speckles is fine. But it's downhill very quickly after
> that. If you buy a large hand intending to eat them over a period
> of days, it is better to buy them green, or, better yet, a mix of
> green and yellow. The green bananas will all ripen up if you just
> wait few days, and will end up with exactly the same quality and
> sweetness as the yellow models. . .
If I'm buying a banana for today, I look for one that's all yellow.
If I'm buying a bunch of bananas for my husband to eat over the week,
I buy ones that have some of green left. If they are on sale, and
I'm buying a lot of bananas, I'll buy some with a little green and
others that are hard and mostly green. We refer to bananas on the
shelf as "today's bananas" or "tomorrow's bananas" or "oops, time to
make banana bread".
I assumed everyone did this. Bananas ripen very well on the shelf,
and you can tell at a glance when they are at their peak. I sort of
think this is one reason they are so popular. Unlike apples, which
have been bred to turn red before they are ripe, and are stored in a
controlled environment that keeps them fresh just long enough to
reach your home, after which they immediately degrade to "old
apples", bananas are very honest about their condition.
Eastern MA, zone 6
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