Banana Ripeness: How do you eat yours?

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Based on the image, how do you like your bananas?

1 - All green
0
No votes
2 - Green with a trace of yellow
0
No votes
3 - More green than yellow
3
4%
4 - More yellow than green
5
7%
5 - Yellow with a trace of green
14
20%
6 - All yellow
16
23%
7 - All yellow with brown speckles
20
29%
8 - More brown speckles than yellow
3
4%
9 - All brown
0
No votes
∞ - Fermenting goop
0
No votes
0 - I don't like bananas
3
4%
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5
7%
 
Total votes: 69

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Banana Ripeness: How do you eat yours?

Postby AvatarIII » Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:38 pm UTC

This came up at work when I became the guy that keeps getting given what I consider "nice" bananas, once they are, to my colleagues "too ripe". Of my entire team, (other than people that don't like bananas,) there are only 2 people that like them 7+ on this chart. (which seems to be a pretty standard scale on searching the web)

Anyway, have a poll.

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Re: Banana Ripeness: How do you eat yours?

Postby freezeblade » Thu Oct 11, 2012 4:34 pm UTC

Number 5 all the way for eating fresh, I will eat 6 as well, but once they get to 7 I let them sit until they are all brown, then make banana bread.
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Re: Banana Ripeness: How do you eat yours?

Postby SlyReaper » Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:06 pm UTC

Yellow with brown speckles is clearly the optimal banana. Any hint of green is unacceptable.
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Re: Banana Ripeness: How do you eat yours?

Postby AvatarIII » Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:08 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:Yellow with brown speckles is clearly the optimal banana. Any hint of green is unacceptable.

agreed!

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Re: Banana Ripeness: How do you eat yours?

Postby Adam H » Thu Oct 11, 2012 6:44 pm UTC

Hey now! Green bananas are sooooo much more delicious, and I'll fight to the death anyone who says otherwise. My wife told me I was crazy until I had hey actually try one. Now she's a green banana convert.

So yeah, 3 and 4 are the delicious looking ones, so nice and firm. 7 makes me gag just looking at it. Gooey grossness!
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Re: Banana Ripeness: How do you eat yours?

Postby natraj » Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:25 pm UTC

#6 banana is clearly the way to go for straightup eating. 7+ for breading and desserts.
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Re: Banana Ripeness: How do you eat yours?

Postby poxic » Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:24 pm UTC

6 or 7 for eating, 7+ for baking. I've heard that in banana-growing countries, people often will wait until the skin is completely brown before eating because that's when all the starch has been converted to sugar (or something).
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Postby PictureSarah » Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:14 am UTC

5-6 for eating, 6-7+ for baking.
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Postby Роберт » Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:07 pm UTC

5-6 fresh, 7+ for baking.
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Re: Banana Ripeness: How do you eat yours?

Postby philsov » Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:09 pm UTC

At 3 or less they are difficult to peel and if eaten will give you a disgusting and untasty film in your mouth.

4-5 is my sweet spot. At 6 onward the texture is pretty poop but I'll use em in shakes or oatmeal or something.
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Re: Banana Ripeness: How do you eat yours?

Postby Sheikh al-Majaneen » Sat Oct 13, 2012 1:15 pm UTC

I tend to have difficulty with the green side of the banana spectrum because it looks yellow to me without adjacent riper bananas. Except for the really green ones.

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Postby Diemo » Sat Oct 13, 2012 1:18 pm UTC

From 6 upwards. I firmly believe that a green banana is an unripe banana. Browner is better until they lose their cohesion.
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Re: Banana Ripeness: How do you eat yours?

Postby Angua » Sat Oct 13, 2012 3:38 pm UTC

Adam H wrote:Hey now! Green bananas are sooooo much more delicious, and I'll fight to the death anyone who says otherwise. My wife told me I was crazy until I had hey actually try one. Now she's a green banana convert.

So yeah, 3 and 4 are the delicious looking ones, so nice and firm. 7 makes me gag just looking at it. Gooey grossness!

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Re: Banana Ripeness: How do you eat yours?

Postby Cassi » Sat Oct 13, 2012 3:41 pm UTC

Definitely 7+, I am always mildly disappointed by 6, and anything below that I struggle to finish. It was great when I worked at a supermarket, because I could get bags of perfectly ripe bananas for free, because they were considered too brown to sell anymore. (I mostly don't buy bananas, because I have to wait ages for them to get ripe enough and then I've normally forgotten about them by the time they are...)
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Re: Banana Ripeness: How do you eat yours?

Postby AvatarIII » Mon Oct 15, 2012 2:28 pm UTC

Cassi wrote:Definitely 7+, I am always mildly disappointed by 6, and anything below that I struggle to finish. It was great when I worked at a supermarket, because I could get bags of perfectly ripe bananas for free, because they were considered too brown to sell anymore. (I mostly don't buy bananas, because I have to wait ages for them to get ripe enough and then I've normally forgotten about them by the time they are...)


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Re: Banana Ripeness: How do you eat yours?

Postby roband » Thu Oct 25, 2012 2:14 pm UTC

You're all wrong.

2 or 3 is best. 4 at a push.

If there's even a hint of brown on them, I won't touch them at all.

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Re: Banana Ripeness: How do you eat yours?

Postby tastelikecoke » Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:35 am UTC

We normally get 7-quality bananas, and I think it's the best.

I've never seen anyone selling green bananas (Lacatan), and I doubt it would sell, since those are usually hard and bitter.

Edit: Apparently I'm just unaware about green bananas. Sorry for the offended green bananas, I heard they're actually sweet.
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Re: Banana Ripeness: How do you eat yours?

Postby AvatarIII » Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:26 am UTC

tastelikecoke wrote:We normally get 7-quality bananas, and I think it's the best.

I've never seen anyone selling green bananas (Lacatan), and I doubt it would sell, since those are usually hard and bitter.


I didn't know anything about different types of banana, but apparently we get almost exclusively Cavendish bananas in the UK.

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Re: Banana Ripeness: How do you eat yours?

Postby Tounx » Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:45 pm UTC

I like a little bit of green on mine.

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Re: Banana Ripeness: How do you eat yours?

Postby freezeblade » Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:47 pm UTC

We get quite a few kinds here in california, pretty much all of them are sold from green to yellow, once the brown spots appear they get taken off the shelves and sold as "over-ripe" for a buck a bag.
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Re: Banana Ripeness: How do you eat yours?

Postby tastelikecoke » Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:29 am UTC

In Philippines, there's the fat one for stew (Saba), the normal one (Latundan), another normal one (Lakatan), and a small one for kid parties (Senyorita).

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Re: Banana Ripeness: How do you eat yours?

Postby poxic » Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:31 pm UTC

I wish we consistently had tiny bananas around here. I like bananas, but not 125 grams of them at a time. That's a lot of sugar and starch. :|
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