When a banana develops brown spots on its skin it shows that it is ripe and ready to eat. Brown spots indicate that the complexed starches have converted into simple sugars which are easily absorbed and utilized by the human body. The higher glycemic index of ripe bananas means they can be digested more quickly. Ripened bananas also have higher levels of antioxidants.
But mainly they taste much better. I know taste is in the mouth of the consumer but I challenge anyone who claims to prefer yellow bananas to eat more than 2 in one sitting and enjoy the experience. When bananas are ripe they taste much more like bananas and less like starch, instead of blandness you experience sweetness. They are soft and melt in the mouth and I can happily consume 10 bananas in one sitting if they taste great.
When Is A Banana Ripe
Firstly, a ripe banana will have at least some brown spots indicating that the starches have started to convert into simple sugars. The banana should be soft to squeeze and not hard. There should be no green visible on the banana including the stem. The banana should snap of the bunch with ease. The banana should also be easy to peel with little or no resistance. A ripe banana should peel silently, when a banana is unripe there is a sort of ripping sound as you peel the banana. The banana should not leave a film on your teeth after consuming. Finally, the banana should taste sweet with a strong banana flavour and should be soft and easy to chew.
When it comes to ripe bananas the science is definitely settled. But still the vast majority of people still eat unripe bananas. They will claim they prefer the taste or texture of a completely yellow banana but in reality the main reason they shy away from bananas with brown spots is phycological. Throughout life, we are bombarded with advertising and never have I seen an advert for a banana with brown spots. The supermarkets won’t even sell them as they think consumers want perfectly yellow ones. It’s a similar situation to wonky veg which have only started being sold in recent years, before that the supermarkets would reject the wonky veg and it would go to waste. Buying yellow bananas is fine as you can ripen them at home but if you want a banana on the day you will struggle to find one that is ready.
The Banana Challenge
If you are one of those who likes yellow banana and refuse to eat ones with brown spots I encourage you to take the banana challenge. To take the challenge just make sure that the next ten bananas you eat are ripe as described above. You will get used to what a banana should taste like and by the end of the challenge you most likely will never look back.
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