How many times have you tried to peel open a banana from the stem, only to be left with a bruised and bent fruit? Sometimes you can't even get it to open! If you're stuck with a mushy banana each time, it could be because you're eating bananas wrong. Here's how to properly peel a banana, so you don't end up in that situation again. (You might think there's no one right way to eat a banana, but it turns out there is.)
Although a misshapen and browned banana isn't that big of a deal if you're tossing it in a smoothie or adding some slices to oatmeal, it doesn't look all that appetizing if you're nibbling on it raw as a snack. Luckily, you don't have to struggle any longer. We're about to reveal the proper way to eat a banana. And it all starts with how you peel it. (If you're looking for more helpful tips, check out the 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time.)
You see, the stem of the common Cavendish banana (the species that stocks supermarket shelves) is the toughest part of the fruit. When you stop to think about it, it certainly makes sense why it should be so sturdy. The stem is where the fruit attaches to the rest of the cluster, and it's what's responsible for keeping the bananas attached to the plant.
Trying to open it by pinching the hardest part of the berry is going to be more difficult than breaking it from any other point. That's why there's a more efficient alternative.
What's the best way to peel a banana?
You see the bananas growing on a tree here, but did you know what we consider to be the "bottom" is actually the top? Bananas grow from the stem upwards!
So, contrary to how most of us have been doing it our entire lives, the best way to peel a banana is actually from upside down, which is really the right side up. By pinching the bottom tip, you can open the banana without struggling to snap the stubborn stem. (Now, do you believe us about eating bananas wrong?)
Don't peel bananas from the stem. Pinch them at the tip, or what most people think of as the "bottom."
What is the black part of a banana, anyway?
As an added bonus, this method also helps you discard of the pesky black mass at the tip of the banana. Contrary to rumors surrounding what this part of the banana actually is—which range from spider eggs to a sterile seed—it's actually what's leftover from when the banana was a flower, according to research in the Annals of Botany.
Peeling bananas from the end opposite the stem makes it easy to discard that black seed-like mass at the end of the berry. This black tip is actually the remains of the banana flower, not a seed. Cultivated bananas do have seeds, but they're actually the three rows of tiny black dots you see throughout the length of the banana.
Now that you know how to properly eat a banana, you'll be able to peel the fruit the right way!