Bananas are the fruit of the banana tree. They are a long, curved and yellow with a fibrous peel, and soft inner flesh. Use this tag for questions about selecting, identifying, storing, preparing, replacing or cooking with bananas as a star ingredient. Questions about dishes which include bananas, ...

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Why do bananas turn black in the refrigerator?

I've noticed that a banana in the refrigerator will turn pitch black in just a few hours. Why is this?
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Why is there such disparity between the calories in a banana and the calories in this pack of dried banana?

If I Google calories in banana I get the result of 89 per 100g. However, this pack of chewy banana says 320 per 100g. Why the difference? The ingredients are Dried Banana, Rice Flour, ...
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Is it scientifically verified that bananas will ripen faster when kept in a bowl with other fruit?

I've heard you shouldn't keep bananas in a bowl with other fruit. But they all look so happy together. What I'd like to see is hard science here. Or at least documented and repeatable observation. ...
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What is the dish shown in the “Sunset Limited”

In the movie, "The Sunset Limited" Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson eat a dish which I'm dying to know what it is. They say it has molasses, rutabaga, bananas and mangoes in it, and it's sort of ...
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How do banana peels reflect its ripening state? Can we influence that in our kitchen?

Recently our commercial kitchen got some bunches of bananas with a curious feature. On the inside they were firm and delicious (no jokes, please), but on the outside they looked incredibly sickly. ...
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How to store a banana that was cut in half to preserve the other half?

I can usually only eat about half of a banana, and usually when I get sick of it I just throw it away. In the past, I've seen bananas cut in half at hotels and other places that provide breakfast, ...
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How can I tell when red bananas are ripe?

Recently we bought a hand of red bananas. We watched them for a while, but couldn't sense a change in them (they don't change color). We eventually opened one and it was hard inside. How can I tell ...
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How can I keep chopped fruit fresh for 2-3 hours?

I need to cut up a large amount of fruit for use in a pavlova dessert tomorrow night - although the same question would no doubt apply to a fruit salad or other fresh fruit item. Anyway, I won't have ...
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What are some savory banana applications? [closed]

I have a lot of bananas, but I don't particularly like bananas. I would like to try using them, but I want to use them in a more savory application. I'm not looking to make a dessert or bread with ...
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How to fry crispy bananas

Ive fried bananas on the pot, with some butter... but they remain soft, and I would like to make them more crispy... should I use oil instead?
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How could I keep one-ingredient “ice cream” soft?

According to this question, guar gum and xanthan gum can be used to keep ice cream soft by preventing ice crystals and keeping the air that's been mixed in from leaving the ice cream. We have tried ...
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Keeping bananas fresh for longer

Is there any way to keep bananas fresh for longer? We tried to put them in the fridge but they turn black very fast.
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How to make a pie crust out of plantains?

I had heard of plantains, but never eaten them (or seen them). Today, there were green plantains available at the local supermarket, and I seized the chance and got a bunch. While various Internet ...
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How can I speed up banana ripening?

I need to make banana bread tomorrow, and the bananas I recently purchased with this in mind to not appear to be ripening fast enough. Is there anyway to speed the ripening without spoiling the ...
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Why is orange juice or apple juice added in a smoothie?

I currently have strawberries, bananas and yogurt in my fridge and this got me thinking about the Strawberry-Banana Julius from Orange Julius. Previously I've made smoothies with strawberries, ...
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How do I know if a black banana is too old to be eaten?

From time to buy, I buy too many bananas. For the future, I am considering refrigerating them instead of eating them, but they turn black. How can I know whether a black banana is still edible?
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How can I make my banana bread more moist?

I've followed lots of standard recipes online, and the result is always more cake like: dark on the outside white and dryish in the middle. When I go to the store and buy it it's always dark and ...
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extracting banana flavour for an iced coffee

Now that the sun has started to shine in the frozen north I can start thinking on using my espresso machine for some cold drinks. I was thinking of a banana iced coffee. But I would like a more ...
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Can you tell how ripe a banana is by the actual fruit not the peel?

Hi I am doing a research project on banana ripeness and cannot find a way to tell the ripeness of a banana from the inside of it. I cannot use taste to measure the ripeness but I would really like to ...
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Why do I need over ripe bananas for banana muffins?

Okay, I won't use prefer to use raw bananas for sure. But, I wish to understand why are over ripe bananas required for the muffins. Why won't ripe (yellow) bananas do? From: ...
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Preserving dehydrated fruits and vegs

We bought a food dehydrator to make dog treats with. Primarily we're dehydrating yams, apples and bananas. I'm not dehydrating these to crisps because I didn't think I needed to. The dehydrated ...
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Which baking dish is best to bake a banana bread?

When I bake a banana bread or cake at home, I always use a square Pyrex(about 20cm in width and 7 cm high) dish. The batter only fill the dish at half its height or less and I set my oven to 350F. I ...
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My banana Muffins won't rise like I want - Why?

So I just tried this recipe for banana muffins. They taste great (even directly after baking) and the texture is really nice and soft - like a muffin is supposed to be. The problem: They don't rise ...
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How to add banana flavor to my cookies?

I want to add the smell and flavor of banana in my cookies. I'm not sure whether I should substitute APP-flour or butter with banana. Thank you.
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How can I make melted chocolate set faster?

I am going to be operating a stand selling frozen bananas (just like in Arrested Development), and we dip the bananas in chocolate. I bought some milk and dark chocolate wafers that can be used in ...
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Why my banana sauce is not smooth?

here is my recipe 100g banana * 1 egg * 1 tbsp. corn starch * 3 tbsp. granulated sugar * 150ml milk I use folk to beat bananas. Then put everything together and then strain. then put it on stove ...
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Mixing a banana with homemade sunflower butter turned into a horrible, leathery substance. Why?

I often make sunflower butter in my food processor by pureeing raw sunflower seeds. Today I decided (after the seeds became creamy) to blend a banana into the mixture. The result was horrible: ...
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How can I serve banana flambée for the next day?

How can I serve banana flambée the following day without it going bad. This is for a French Project about MArtinique.