How to Choose Quality Bananas
Have you ever purchased bananas and brought them home only to find that they were chalky and flavorless, or even worse, slimy and astringent? My daughter Valya has worked hard to put together an impressive app called Quality Produce. This handy little application covers over fifty fruits and vegetables and helps shoppers select the highest quality produce. If you would like help navigating the produce isle, check out Valya’s gorgeous app on our apps page. In the meantime, use this excerpt from Quality Produce to chose the best bananas every time!
What to look for: Look for bananas that are an even yellow color. A banana that is slightly green will not be fully ripe and sweet. As the banana ripens still further, brown freckles will appear on the peel. These fruits taste best just as the first dappling of freckles begins to appear on their peels. A densely spotted banana will likely be overripe. A brown colored, fully overripe banana is still good for eating, but will have a mushy texture and for this reason may be best saved for smoothie making. A banana that has dark black spots on its peel has been bruised. Since these fruits ripen rather quickly, choose only the bananas that are a little less ripe than you like to eat them. For maximum richness of flavor, select bananas that are thicker around in the middle. The thicker the banana, the longer it has had to take in nutrition from the mother tree.
Storage: Store bananas on the counter or in a cool dry place for up to a week. Refrigeration is not recommended because these fruits are highly cold sensitive and may be damaged by cold temperatures.
One thing bananas are good for:Bananas are rich in potassium, a nutrient that is essential for healthy brain function. It not only helps carry oxygen to the brain, but also plays a role in supplying the neurotransmitters in the brain with the sparks that send signals to our nerves. In one study, 200 middle school students were helped through their exams by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that this potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
More: To learn more about the secrets of selecting fruits and vegetables in the store, check out Valya’s iPhone/Android app, Quality Produce. If are tired of stringy avocados, sour grapefruits, and flavorless peaches, then you will love the Quality Produce App. With over 50 edible fruits, vegetables, and greens covered in great detail, this tool will help you choose the ripest, sweetest, and freshest produce every time without fail! Plus, the audio function allows one to listen as well as read right in the store. For those of you who do not own a smartphone, this item is now available as an e-book at: www.valyaboutenko.com
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