Should You Refrigerate Bananas?


Question: When I buy a bunch of bananas, some always get too ripe before I’m ready to eat them. Will refrigerating the ripe bananas help to prevent this from happening? 

Answer: Yes — once they have reached the ripeness you like, you should refrigerate your bananas.

The cooler temperature of the refrigerator will slow down the spoilage process and keep the bananas tasty for about five more days.

Refrigerating bananas may cause the skins to darken, but as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention points out, that won’t change the inside of the fruit itself.

Just be sure to wait until the bananas have reached your desired ripeness before placing them in the fridge. If you refrigerate under-ripe bananas, their flavor and texture won't develop properly. 

See Also:
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