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How to keep banana peels from turning black

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

Warning

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

Things You'll Need

  • Banana tree
  • Bowl
  • Lemon
  • Cling film or aluminium foil
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Andrea Griffith has been writing professionally since 2005. Her work has been published by the "Western Herald," Detroit WDIV, USAToday and other print, broadcast and online publications. Although she writes about a wide range of topics, her areas of expertise include fashion, beauty, technology and education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and English from Western Michigan University.