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green bananas: what to do with them...?


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i got a bunch of bananas recently, and the strange thing about it is that half (the right side) is turning yellow as per normal, but the other half is obstinately remaining green. i've never seen bananas act in this way before, but since the left (green) half is starting to get black spots without going through the yellow phase, i'm starting to think that they'll never actually turn yellow. I don't really fancy the taste of green bananas, but i don't want to just throw them away either (i hate food wastage)...

so i'm wondering whether any of you know what I can do with green bananas...

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We had some that did the same thing. They're not green tasting at all! I was skeptical until my husband ate one and made me take a bite. They're ripe even though they're not yellow.

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If you try them and they aren't ripe you could always freeze them and make banana bread (or freeze them and pretend they are popsicles).  Freezing bananas makes them riper-seeming.

Put them in a brown bag if they are not ripe enough for you.  1,2,3 days depending on how much you need them to ripen.

Hey there... when you mention green bananas, do you mean completely green? or were they light yellow with green touches? I ask because if you choose completely green bananas it's likely they won't turn yellow like reg. bananas but they will rippen eventually.. just leave them out on a countertop for a few more days and do a touch test to figure out if they are ready..

you can actually tell if the banana is going to be ripe or not before peeling it by gently squeezing it...

if bananas are not ready (usually yellow looking with touches of green at the ends) the skin will feel thick to the touch and you won't feel the flesh underneath.. the flesh will taste pasty like and have a chalky texture which is awful!

when bananas turn ripe, the skin will be soft and somewhat thin and you should be able to push in and feel the flesh underneath (the top and bottom of the banana should be brown or dark brown/black)..

Even when the skin on bananas starts getting dark brown spots, the flesh should be fine.. and even more delicious! this is how Latin people like their bananas.. if you don't particularly like them this soft, you can mash them up and use them in banana pancakes, smoothies, etc.

Green bananas (truly green bananas and not plantains!) in Latin culture are used to make chips (they are thinly sliced, salted and then deep fried and served as a side dish) or are cooked in water with a bit of salt and eaten as is or in a mash...

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