Banana Advice

Slimy, rotten, black banans!We learned an interesting lesson. It has to do about the biological structure of a banana in relation to its environment. We almost didn’t post this but then decided we should because we didn’t want anyone else to make the same mistake! It’s very applicable at this time of year too. So here is our advice:

Don’t leave green bananas in the trunk of your car overnight in freezing weather; you probably won’t want to eat them.


  1. Micaela February 7, 2007 at 8:59 pm #

    Sound advice.:)

  2. Joshua February 8, 2007 at 7:36 am #

    Looks like a prime candidate for banana bread. That’s the only reason why I like black bananas :-).

  3. Observer February 9, 2007 at 5:49 pm #

    Phew. Disgusting. Utterly stomach-churning. Not useful for anything (I think these were even beyond the redemption of banana bread, actually). Nauseating. Impossible to look at without your face taking on the most distorted features. I think the whole house felt a relief when these repugnant inedibles left for the trash – for good!

  4. Robert February 9, 2007 at 9:05 pm #

    lol. 🙂 Good advice. Thanks for the tip! It isn’t relevant here in Mexico but may really come in handy back in Chicago. On the subject of bananas, they grow a special variety down here that are only a few inches long. “Banitos” I think they are called. Cute and tasty.

  5. Jenny February 11, 2007 at 7:58 am #

    O my! I did not know that really cold weather would ripe your bannans that fast! My great Grandfather was known for eating the blackest, and mushest bannans around:o) He called them a special delicacy. Once again all in the perspective! May you all have a blessed Sunday together,and HAPPY BIRTHDAY ESTHER!!!

  6. Jonathan February 11, 2007 at 7:23 pm #

    I have never seen so BLACK bananas. They were so hard after being left in Grandpa’s car all night in single digit temperatures 🙁 Michael tasted them and said that they were the worst food he had ever tasted :0

  7. Esther February 13, 2007 at 2:15 pm #

    The funny thing is that the freeze didn’t ripen them. I dug (I tried to peel but like any grass green banana that didn’t work) a piece of one out of the black peel soon after we discovered them and ate it. I’m not sure if it was crunchy because it was frozen or unripe! I usually like the greener type of bananas but this was an extreme case! We thought they might ripen after they were thawed out but they rotted instead. That’s when Michael tasted them and “Observer” smelled them and James got out the camera. Anyway, that’s my side of the story.

    On a more pleasant note, Jenny, it was a very happy birthday. We were able to spend a lot of time just talking together as a family which was meaningful. I got your birthday package yesterday! I was so surprised and felt so special! Thank you! I’m sending you a real thank you note in the mail.

  8. Michael February 14, 2007 at 7:40 am #

    Banana bread was my thought when I first saw them. I thought for sure we could use them for something. Donald likes rotten bananas too, and I’ll eat them black with no problem. In fact, in my opinion, frozen ripe bananas are the sweetest and best of all. Unfortunately, like Esther said, they did not ripen AT ALL. The reason they turned black was because the freezing ruptured the cells and caused them to oxidate without ripening. When we opened one and tasted it, Donald said they had no taste at all, but I had to spit it out and almost, well, at least I didn’t. They had a very faint smell a lot like potatoes (not bad), but because I had tasted them the smell made me sick. Now, I’m no picky eater, and anyone in the family will tell you that!!! But hours later, as I burried them with the compost, I caught a faint whiff of them and got a wave of nausea. Few things will do that to me. Don’t freeze green bananas.

  9. Bridget January 7, 2008 at 7:05 pm #

    Ewww.Gross.I don’t think I could eat that.

  10. gray March 5, 2008 at 5:08 am #

    i love black bananas my nan grew them threw the war

  11. Harley March 6, 2008 at 2:38 am #

    My nan is south korean and she ate them through the
    vietnam war and she said to me one time that its mmuch better than eating raw rats. so i’ve come to like eating them.


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