#36alive 137: Banana Hacks | How To Ripen Green Bananas & What To Do With Brown Ones


Apparently, 1 in 3 people in the UK throw away bananas if they’re slightly bruised or browning, and more than 10% of us discard green bananas!

With food waste at an all time high at the moment, it’s incredibly important to do what we can to reduce waste, and use this perfectly good food we have around us!

Ripen Your Green Bananas

  1. banana1Place your green bananas in a bag – usually we’re told to use a brown paper bag, but really, any bag or even box or cupboard that can be closed and dark for a period of time will work! Ethylene will build up and circulate in the bag / box / cupboard, speeding up the ripening process. Placing another ripe fruit or vegetable next to the banana can help speed things up even more.
  2. Pierce the banana on all sides with a fork, and place in the microwave. Heat for 30 seconds at a time (up to 2 minutes) and watch it ripen before your eyes! (maybe don’t actually watch it through the microwave window).


  1. For a healthier way to ‘cook’ your bananas to perfection, preheat the oven to 275C and place them on a baking tray for 15-30 minutes. Check on them every 10 minutes to make sure they haven’t completely turned to mush!


  1. For a slower, steadier ripening process, store bananas on top of the fridge. As you ma have guessed by now, heat is a big player in ripening bananas. Store your green bananas on top of the fridge where it’s usually pretty warm, and they’ll be ready to eat within a couple of days!


What To Do With Brown Bananas

  1. Banana Ice Cream
  2. Banana Bread
  3. Use in place of eggs in vegan baking
  4. Banana and honey moisturising facemask
  5. Eat them! The healthy natural sugars in bananas are more quickly available to be used the body when they’re brown
  6. Make these healthy brownies 


Let us know your banana ripening hacks, and how do you use bruised and brown ones?

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