How to Store and Select Bananas

How to Store and Select Bananas

Bananas are usually harvested when green. In stores, you can usually find a range of
colors from green to yellow, with brown spots. Your choice should be based on when you
want to eat the banana: greener ones last more days, while yellow and brown-spotted
bananas should be eaten in a few days.

Bananas should be quite firm, bright, and the peel should not be crushed or cut. Their
stems and tips should be intact. The size of the banana does not affect its quality, so
just choose the size that fits you best

Bananas are very fragile and should be stored in a place when they will be protected
from concussions. They should be stored at room temperature to allow for the ripening
process to complete. Do not store them in the refrigerator when they are green, or this
will irreversibly interrupt the ripening process (and it will not revert even if they are
kept at room temperature afterwards)

If you need to speed up the ripening process, you can place the banana in a paper wrap
with an apple. While you should not keep green bananas in the fridge, it is actually a
good idea to store ripe bananas there. Their peel will become progressively brown, but
the pulp will not be affected. To improve the flavor, it is best to keep bananas at room
temperature for a while

If you wish to store bananas for a long time (up to 2 months), it is possible to
freeze them. To do this, simply remove the peel and sprinkle some lemon juice over the
pulp to prevent discoloration; then wrap them in plastic