This Simple Trick Will Help Your Bananas Last Longer

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Bananas are considered to be the most popular fruit in the world, and it isn’t hard to see why. They are tasty, healthy, and filling, while also being the star of countless dishes and desserts. But there is one thing that annoys people about bananas; they get spoiled quickly.

Since we love bananas so much, most of us don’t buy one or two bananas. We often buy them in bulk, thinking we’ll manage to eat them before they turn bad. And then, after few days, we discover a pile of spoiled bananas in our pantry.

Why Do Bananas Turn Bad So Fast?

The reason why our bananas get spoiled so quickly is a gas called ethylene. During the ripening process, each fruit produces a certain amount of ethylene that helps them reach peak ripeness. But unlike most other fruit species, bananas produce more of this gas than they need.

The overproduction of ethylene causes bananas to become overripe, turn brown, and eventually become too spoiled to be eaten. This is the same reason why bananas sometimes cause other fruit and veggies to turn bad when stored in the same container or nearby.

Luckily, there is one simple trick that can help you make your bananas last longer.

The Solution

Since ethylene is released through the stem of the banana fruit, the trick is to wrap the steam in plastic foil. This will stop the gas from reaching other parts of the fruit and will allow the bananas to keep their quality for much longer. Storing them in the fridge with a wrapped stem will extend their shelf life even more.