How to keep banana peels from turning black

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How to keep banana peels from turning black
Follow a few tricks to keep your bananas looking yellow and ripe. (bananas image by Maria Brzostowska from

Bananas are a healthy and convenient snack, high in potassium and good fats. The only problem is bananas ripen very quickly, and the peels tend to turn brown or black after only a few days. Although a brown or black peel does not mean the banana is rotten, most people enjoy the bananas when they are more yellow. There are a few tricks you can try to keep the bananas yellow for a few extra days.

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Things you need

  • Banana tree
  • Bowl
  • Lemon
  • Cling film or aluminium foil

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  1. 1

    Hang your bananas on a banana hanger. A banana hanger is a wooden or metal stand with a hooked arm that elevates the bananas. Keeping the bananas off the ground will prevent the bananas from bruising and turning brown.

  2. 2

    Place your bananas into a bowl. Squeeze an entire lemon over the peels just one time. The acid in the lemons will prevent the oxygen from turning the peels black for several days.

  3. 3

    Wrap the bananas tightly in cling film and/or aluminium foil. Place the bananas in the freezer and thaw each one out when you're ready to eat it.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not place bananas in the refrigerator. This will turn the peels dark brown or black very quickly.

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