Need to know:
- Prevent bananas ripening too quickly by separating the ripe and less ripe, and binding the stems in plastic wrap. Keep bananas apart from other ripe fruit to prevent the naturally occurring ethylene from initiating the ripening process.
- It's not only the flesh of the banana that is nourishing, the peel also contains potassium, vitamin C, fibre and B vitamins. Blended with water, they can be used in conjunction with the flesh in baking and savoury dishes, or try whizzing them into your morning smoothie.
- A green regular banana can be used like a plantain (cooking banana) – fried, spiced or added to curries.
- Want to jazz up the school lunchbox banana? The skin provides a canvas on which you can write messages – use the point of a wooden skewer to inscribe your message and the natural oxidisation process will reveal it on the fruit several hours later.
- Don't discard overripe bananas. Peel and freeze for later use in baking.