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Bananas: Blossom End, Or Stem End?
Posted: Posted April 5th, 2019
Edited April 5th, 2019 by chiarizio
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Do you start peeling your bannanas from the stem end or from the blossom end?
A. From the stem end.
B. From the blossom end.
C. Both. I usually cut bananas in half and use the halves one at a time.
D. Neither. I usually split the banana in half lengthwise first, as if I were going to make a banana split.
E. I don’t know. I’ve never paid much attention.
F. It depends on what I plan to do with the banana after I peel it.
G. Other


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I thought I was creating a poll. But that’s not how it shows up! I wonder what I did wrong?

Posted April 5th, 2019 by chiarizio
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Posted April 5th, 2019 by Moonray
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Used to be from the stem end, because it's easier to open.

Then I realized if you open it the other way it's easier to hold and you get a neat banana peel, so that's what I started doing instead.

Then I stopped eating bananas so I have no idea now.

Posted April 6th, 2019 by Xhin
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Thanks!
Is it too late to do that here?


Posted April 6th, 2019 by chiarizio
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Yea once you've posted you can't go back to change what kind of post it is.

Posted April 6th, 2019 by Moonray
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Used to be from the stem end, because it's easier to open.

Then I realized if you open it the other way it's easier to hold and you get a neat banana peel, so that's what I started doing instead.


I grew up always opening from the stem end. But every so often the stem wouldn’t break in the right place, and I’d end up just mashing the heck out of the half of the banana closest to the stem. I have the impression this was usually because the banana was not quite as ripe as I like? I could be wrong.
If I used a knife or some scissors to weaken the join between stem and peel just where I wanted to break, things worked out. But I couldn’t always do that; and definitely couldn’t always remember to.
Then one day my adult daughter was visiting me at my apartment (sometime after her Mom and I divorced), and while preparing a meal or dish requiring some bananas, peeled them from the blossom end! I found out by trying it out, that that was much more consistently an easier way to peel it without crushing the fruit’s flesh.
I felt like I should have guessed. When I worked for Minute Maid, the people who actually had experience in the groves, said that oranges and tangerines are better at the blossom end. (Maybe that’s also true for grapefruit and lemons and limes?)


Yea once you've posted you can't go back to change what kind of post it is.


Too bad! Oh, well.


Edited April 7th, 2019 by chiarizio
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My technique with grapefruits is to cut them in half and then slice them thin. This gives you some chunks you can chew off from each piece, or suck out the juice and get the exact amount of pulp you want. All other methods you're invariably getting a lot of extra pulp.

Lemons, meanwhile, I use exclusively for their juice in cooking, and what I do there is cut them in half and then squeeze them upside-down -- this prevents seeds from popping out.

Edited April 7th, 2019 by Xhin
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You are supposed to peel them?

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Posted April 7th, 2019 by S.o.h.
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@s.o.h.:

People usually peel bananas and oranges and tangerines.
People don’t usually peel lemons or limes or grapefruit. Or apples or peaches or melons.
You squeeze lemons and limes.
If you’re going to squeeze the orange you don’t peel it first.
If you’re going to cut the grapefruit into chunks to use in something else you peel it.
Most folks cut grapefruit in half and spoon out the pulp/flesh a spoonful at a time. Xhin doesn’t because Xhin is weird that way. (jk)
If you’re going to use chunks of melon in somethimg you leave out the rind or peel.
If you’re going to sweet-pickle watermelon rind, though, you use only the white part, making sure to leave out any pink or green.
Some people don’t like peel and want their apples peeled.
Some people don’t mind eating peaches or mangoes or potatoes with the peel still on.
I’m in between.
I don’t peel nectarines or apples. I can take or leave the jacket on potatoes.
I prefer peaches and mangoes without their peel.


Posted April 7th, 2019 by chiarizio
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Bananas are baked to perfection though

Posted April 8th, 2019 by S.o.h.
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