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h20ski 12-28-2016 06:36 AM


Originally Posted by blang (Post 3391207)
Everyone, so far, has missed what I perceived to be the jist of the question.

I think OP is asking if there is some kind of processor-added rinse (wax,chemical, who knows?) on a banana that inhibits ripening. And, if so, will washing off that inhibitor help the banana to ripen faster?

It seems like a very good question and I wish I knew the answer. So... will washing a banana help it to ripen faster?

Some bananas are gassed with Ethylene to speed up the ripening process. They are picked green and then shipped across some ocean then once in the US distribution process the pallets/cases are gassed to speed the ripening process. No one wants green bananas.

If you want your bananas to last longer ask your produce person for no gas bananas.

Ethylene is a natural and also given off by many fruits and vegetables.

This is all from my DW :) she is a produce manager in a major store chain.

I knew none of this until you folks brought it up.:eek:

Have a Happy New Year:D


jettyjock 12-28-2016 06:54 AM

This has nothing to do with bananas but with dirt.
In 69 I went 38 days without washing and wore the same clothes for 6 months.

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