How to Use Banana Peel or Banana Skin
How to Use Banana Peel or Banana Skin British English, is the outer covering of the banana fruit. Banana peels are used as food for animals, an ingredient in cooking, in water purification, for manufacturing of several biochemical products as well as for jokes and comical situations.
Use of Banana Peel
Bananas are a popular fruit consumed worldwide with a yearly production of over 165 million tonnes in 2011. Once the peel is removed, the fruit can be eaten raw or cooked and the peel is generally discarded. Because of this removal of the banana peel, a significant amount of organic waste is generated.
Banana peels are sometimes used as feedstock for cattle, goats, pigs, monkeys, poultry, rabbits, fish, zebras and several other species, typically on small farms in regions where bananas are grown. There are some concerns over the impact of tannins contained in the peels on animals that consume them.
The nutritional value of banana peel depends on the stage of maturity and the cultivar; for example plantain peels contain less fibre than dessert banana peels, and lignin content increases with ripening (from 7 to 15% dry matter). On average, banana peels contain 6-9% dry matter of protein and 20-30% fibre (measured as NDF). Green plantain peels contain 40% starch that is transformed into sugars after ripening. Green banana peels contain much less starch (about 15%) when green than plantain peels, while ripe banana peels contain up to 30% free sugars.
Banana peels are also used for water purification, to produce ethanol, cellulase, laccase, as fertilizer and in composting.
Banana Peeling methods
There are several methods to remove a peel from a banana.
1. A banana peeled the “monkey way”
Most people peel a banana by cutting or snapping the stem and dividing the peel into sections while pulling them away from the bared fruit. Another way of peeling a banana is done in the opposite direction, from the end with the brownish floral residue—a way usually perceived as “upside down”. This way is also known as the “monkey method”, since it is how monkeys are said to peel bananas.
When the tip of a banana is pinched with two fingers, it will split and the peel comes off in two clean sections. The inner fibres, or “strings”, between the fruit and the peel will remain attached to the peel and the stem of the banana can be used as a handle when eating the banana.
To peel a banana like a pro, do it like the monkeys. Hold the banana stem side down and pinch the top firmly with your fingertips until it tears. Pull back on the peel…and presto, a ready to eat banana is revealed. The still intact stem creates a nice handle and there is no fumbling or prompting to get the last bit out. It just happens easily and naturally. Even better, the monkey method of peeling from the non-stem end means those nasty, stringy bits are a thing of the past.
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