I purchased green bananas... #293606

Asked December 14, 2015, 9:35 AM EST

I purchased green bananas in the local grocery store. They did not ripen as I expected. The skin was glued to the inside and I was unable to even remove the skin with a knife. What happens when a banana does not ripen as expected? I had to throw them away. Other times, I can purchase "somewhat" green bananas and they will ripen just as I need them when I eat my ripened bananas over time. Thanks for a great service. Rosemary Cline 4118 Sassafras Ct Grove City, OH 43123-9678

Franklin County Ohio

Expert Response

The bananas could have been stored in refrigeration system.  If the bananas are put into a refrigerator or stored at low temperatures before ripe, they may not be able to ripen even if let in room temperature later.  To increase the ripening process you can put bananas in a paper bag with an apple or tomato.  This will usually speed up the ripening process.  You can eat green bananas, but they do not taste the same. You can find some recipes on the Internet using green bananas.   Green bananas are high in starch.  As a banana ripens the starch turns into natural sugars which add flavor and taste to the banana. 

Pat Brinkman Replied December 14, 2015, 3:38 PM EST

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