Does separating bananas slow the ripening?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question “Does separating bananas slow the ripening process?” and list down ways to make bananas last longer. We will also discuss how to tell if bananas have gone bad.

Does separating bananas slow the ripening?

Yes, separating bananas slows down the ripening process. When bananas ripen, they produce ethylene gas which accumulates and helps them ripen. When the bananas are separated, they lose this accumulation of ethylene gas hence the ripening process is slowed down.

How to make bananas last longer?

Bananas are very nutritious fruits and a great source of potassium. They are enjoyed by many but one common issue that everybody faces with bananas is that they have a very short shelf life. They turn brown and ripen very quickly.

We will list down some ways in which you can try and make the bananas last longer.

Store them properly

You can store your bananas in a fruit basket at room temperature away from heat, light and a lot of moisture or humidity. Keep them away from direct sunlight as well. Do not keep the fruit basket near the stovetop or appliances that produce heat such as the fridge. 

Refrigerate them

Bananas last only 2-4 days when placed at room temperature. You can place them in the fridge to extend their shelf life for a little longer. Place them inside a ziploc bag and then place them in the fridge. If you notice a lot of brown spots on their skin, do not worry. The flesh would not have been affected and would still taste good.

Buy green bananas

Bananas ripen quickly so instead of buying yellow, ripe bananas, go for bananas that are a bit green so that when you bring them home, you can have fresh, yellow bananas in the days to come. 

Freeze them

Another great way to keep bananas fresh for longer periods of time is to freeze them. Peel them and place them in a ziploc bag and a freezer safe bag to avoid freezer burn. Then place them in the freezer.

Do not place green, unripe bananas in the freezer as it will halt their ripening process and you will end up with unripe bananas. 

You can use these bananas in cooking or baking such as for making banana bread or pudding etc.

Separate them and wrap the stems

Separate the bananas. Do not keep them in a bunch. As explained above, separating slows down the ripening process. Also, wrap their stems using plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Doing this traps the ethylene gas which is responsible for ripening the bananas.

Keep them away from other fruits

You should also keep the bananas away from other fruits because other fruits such as apples also produce ethylene gas which can cause bananas to ripen.

Coat them with citrus juice

Coating the bananas in citrus juice such as lime juice or orange juice and vinegar can prevent them from spoiling so soon.

How to tell if bananas have gone bad?

Fresh bananas will be firm to touch and bright yellow in color. If you feel that the banana is too soft to touch, then it probably has gone bad. If you feel that there is some buildup of fluid underneath the peel when you touch it, or if the liquid is leaking then the banana has gone bad.

A banana that has cuts or gone bad can also have growth of mold on it. Carefully inspect it to see if there is any mold.

Brown spots on skin and flesh of bananas does not always mean that they have gone bad. They can also just be overripe. Overripe bananas are safe to eat however you should make sure that it is not spoiled before eating it. 

Learn more about how to tell if bananas have gone bad here.

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In this brief guide, we answered the question “Does separating bananas slow the ripening process?” and listed down ways to make bananas last longer. We also discussed how to tell if bananas have gone bad.