Kitchen Myths

Facts and fiction about food and cooking, by Peter Aitken

Never put bananas in the refrigerator – they’ll become inedible

The skins will darken, but refrigeration slows ripening of bananas the same as it does other fruits. The insides will be fine.

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2 responses to “Never put bananas in the refrigerator – they’ll become inedible

  1. Pamela Hardy August 17, 2011 at 3:41 am

    I was told not to put bananas in the fridge due to a toxin in the peel that will speed up the ripening process of any fruit surrounding the banana. This also may be a myth!

  2. kitchenmyths August 17, 2011 at 8:24 am

    That’s actually true – sort of. Ripening bananas give off small amounts of a gas called ethylene. It is not toxic and is a natural product. It does speed the ripening of other fruits and vegetables, and many people make use of this. If you want to hasten the ripening of, say, a peach or tomato, seal it in a brown paper bag with a ripe banana.

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