How long are bananas good for?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “How long are bananas good for” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of bananas. Moreover, we are going to discuss the different ways to spot bad bananas.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

How long are bananas good for?

The shelf life of bananas varies depending upon their condition at the time of purchase and the storage conditions in which they are kept.

In the fridge

Ripe bananas last for about 5-7 days if stored at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit in the fridge. It should be stored in air-tight containers or plastic zipper bags on one of the shelves of the refrigerator.

To store whole bananas in the fridge, put your bananas in the plastic zipper bag or wrap them in plastic wrap individually and afterward store them in the fridge. You can also wrap the stems of bananas in plastic wrap and store them with fruits that are still unripe.

Once you have peeled and cut the bananas, the clock starts ticking and there is a short time during which you can enjoy the good quality of the banana. As cut bananas have a larger surface area therefore there is more room for bacteria to attack and therefore peeled and cut bananas have a shorter shelf life. Cut bananas last for about 2-3 days when stored properly in the plastic zipper bag in the fridge.

Thus, you can store your cut bananas at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below in the fridge. Bacterial growth takes place at a faster pace between the temperature of 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore it is always advised to store your cut bananas at a lower temperature to preserve their freshness for a long time.

Last but not least when it comes to dried bananas, they last for about 2-4 months past the “best before” date written on them provided that they are stored in an air-tight container or air-tight plastic bag in the fridge.

The cold temperature of the fridge slows down the ripening process of the bananas, therefore the bananas that are properly stored in the fridge will have a longer shelf life as compared to the ones stored at room temperature.

At room temperature

Unripe bananas last for about 2-3 days when stored in a cool, dry, and dark corner of the pantry away from direct sunlight and heat. 

It is worth mentioning that it is not recommended to store unripe bananas in the fridge as they won’t ripe properly. Refrigerating them will slow down their ripening process to a great extent, thus they will still be green (unripe) but their peel will turn dark. So bananas should be ripened at room temperature and afterward, they can be stored in the fridge to prolong their shelf life.

On the other hand, when it comes to dried bananas, they stay good till their best by date when stored in a cool, dry, and dark corner of the pantry away from direct sunlight and heat.

It is worth mentioning that you should never store your bananas in a humid and hot environment as a humid and hot environment favors mold growth on the bananas.

It is worth mentioning that the figures mentioned above are the estimated shelf life of bananas.

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Different ways to spot bad bananas

There are a couple of indicators that point out bad bananas. You should consider the appearance and smell of the bananas to reach a  final verdict on whether or not they have gone bad.

Appearance

Now if not only the brown spots have become large enough and the flesh of the bananas have become mushy, then surely it is up to you whether you want to still use it in baked goods or if you want to discard it. Moreover, if you notice some liquid oozing out of the banana then surely the banana has gone bad and you should discard it.

If you spot molds on the banana it means that the banana has gone bad and the best thing you can do in this scenario is to get rid of it.

Texture

When fully ripe, the bananas are firm to touch and have a bright yellow peel but as the bananas become overripe, they develop small brown spots on them but that does not mean that the bananas have gone bad.

Smell

The bananas that have gone bad have a musty or unpleasant smell associated with them, so if you smell something unpleasant while taking a sniff test of your bananas, then it is better to get rid of such bananas.

If microbes somehow found their way to your bananas and have spoiled it then the best thing you should do is to discard them.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “How long are bananas good for” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of bananas. Moreover, we discussed the different ways to spot bad bananas.

Citations

https://www.doesitgobad.com/banana-go-bad/

http://www.eatbydate.com/fruits/fresh/bananas-shelf-life-expiration-date/

https://www.stilltasty.com/fooditems/index/16451
https://www.kitchensanity.com/food/how-long-do-bananas-last/

Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.