Saturday, December 17, 2011

Rubbery bananas

I just love the fact that I can go on Google and look up anything! I never get over how awesome that is!

Several years ago, a friend gave me a lovely pottery banana bowl he had made. It has been regularly stocked with bananas ever since. Before that, I always just set my bananas on the counter next to the toaster.

A week ago, I got a bunch of six bananas and set them in the bowl to ripen. I ate three of them on successive mornings with peanut butter toast for breakfast. On the fourth day, while waiting for the toast to pop up, I grabbed a banana and peeled it. When I tried to break it in half, it bent like a rubber hose. "Huh," I said and grabbed another banana. Same thing, and again with the third one. I was not inclined to eat them and threw them out--although I must admit I momentarily considered making banana bread with them.

In all my life, I've never before found a rubbery banana so I was curious. I googled "rubbery banana" and learned that there are several scientific studies into what causes it, but nobody knows for sure. What I find most puzzling is that the first three bananas in the bunch were fine but the last three were not. Go figure!

Has anybody else had this happen?

4 comments:

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

Wow, never heard of anything like that!

Daughter Number Three said...

I've never heard of rubbery bananas, but here are two articles on what it takes to have bananas in our stores:

http://www.cooperativegrocer.coop/articles/2010-10-05/color-dedication

http://www.equalexchange.coop/join-the-banana-revolution

Murr Brewster said...

Not me. I quit eating bananas years ago when I finally realized they hadn't been good for a long time. (And subsequently found out that they really were a whole different variety than we all used to have.) I actually had to stop and give myself permission to not buy bananas. I think it took me a similar amount of time to realize I didn't like pot, but that's a whole 'nother story.

Anonymous said...

Just peeled a banana and it was like rubber....What is this.