What does a ripe banana look like?

In this brief guide, we will answer the query, “What does a ripe banana look like?” and will discuss different signs of ripe bananas.

What does a ripe banana look like?

A ripe banana is yellow. This is the stage when a banana is completely ripe. The banana begins to soften but still holds its shape.

What are the stages of banana ripening?

There are several ways to consume bananas, ranging from ripe to unripe.

Green bananas

Their texture is solid and starchy, and they lack the banana taste. Peeling one is a lot like peeling a banana in difficulty. Soups and stews often include green bananas, but they may also be boiled and eaten on their own or with other boiled root vegetables. 

Put the bananas in a paper bag with an apple to hasten the ripening process.

Greenish-yellow bananas

Bananas are nearly ripe and easy to handle when they are greenish-yellow in color. When eaten raw, figs have a little sweetness to them that many people like. At this point, you may sauté, fry, mash, or boil the banana.

Yellow bananas

The banana is fully ripe when it turns yellow. Bananas begin to soften, but they retain their form as they ripen. After a while, it develops a banana-like flavor and aroma. 

Even while most people like the fruit fresh or in fruit salads, it may still be cooked into a variety of dishes at this point. Bananas may be refrigerated for a few days to slow down the ripening process. However, the fruit within will still be firm and tasty, even if the skins change color.

Bananas that are yellow and have brown patches indicate that they are ripe. There should be a lot more yellow than brown in this picture. Increased sweetness and tenderness may be found in the fruit. The optimal stage for smoothies, puddings, and desserts is when the fruit is at this stage.

Brown bananas

When the banana is mostly brown, it is overripe. As a result, the fruit becomes very soft and flavorful. In its current state, a banana is unpalatable to the majority of people, yet a small minority like the raw fruit. Make smoothies, shakes, and pastries out of bananas that are beyond their prime.

How to choose ripe bananas?

Brown spots on the banana

It’s easy to tell whether a banana is ripe by its color. When it comes to bananas, everyone has a different opinion, thus there is always a lot of controversy regarding when to eat one.

There’s probably nothing I can say to persuade you to try yellow bananas if you like green bananas. You may be tempted to consume bananas differently from what I’m going to suggest if you’re planning on preparing banana smoothies or banana ice cream.

A chemical termed TNF (Tumor Necrosis Factor) is produced by a banana with brown patches on its peel, according to a study conducted by Japanese experts. Compared to green bananas, brown speckled bananas have an 8-fold greater impact on our bodies. 

As a result, the best time to consume a banana is when it has a few brown spots. However, be mindful that the black lengthy areas on a banana are not brown speckled, but bruises caused by lying on a surface or being beaten. So, make sure that the brown spots are tiny and evenly distributed around the banana, and not bruised.

Although some bananas have brown spots, they’re not yet fully mature and should be checked for other indicators of ripeness as well.

Banana is Soft to Squeeze

Just try to squeeze a green banana. Now crush a yellow banana, and then a brown-spotted one, to see what happens. You’ll notice the difference. So much softer is the brown banana with the brown spots. This indicates that the banana is likely ripe.

You can tell if a banana is overripe if it falls apart in your hands and has so many brown patches that the whole banana is black.

There Is No Green on The banana stem

If the stem is green, the banana is still ripening and must be discarded.

Easily Snaps Off from the Stem.

You’ll have a hard time peeling a green banana. The banana’s method of notifying us that it’s not quite ready to eat is by making this noise. It’s usually ripe if the banana comes out easily. It is common for a banana’s stem to break off if it is moved. 

If the banana has already begun to ferment and attract fruit flies, I wouldn’t consume it at this time because of the little holes on the stem.

No Resistance to Peeling

When it comes to peeling, the process should be a breeze. Whenever it’s a battle, nature is trying to warn us not to do it.

No banana residue is left on your teeth

Because they are so starchy, unripe bananas may become lodged between your teeth. They need a lot more effort from your body to break things down, and that includes the area between your teeth. 

Bananas that aren’t ripe may leave a sticky residue on your teeth, but fully ripe bananas will leave your teeth feeling much cleaner.

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In this brief guide, we answered the query, “What does a ripe banana look like?” and discussed different signs of ripe bananas.



Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.