When a banana is covered in leopard-like spots, that’s when it’s ripe and ready to be eaten. Green or yellow bananas that you typically see at the grocery store are not ripe and are very starchy, which can cause digestion issues for some people.
It can be annoying waiting for green bananas to turn spotty since that can take over a week, and you want to make the banana bread now! So there are many different methods to speed up the ripening process of bananas, so which one is the fastest way to ripen bananas? Lets take a look:
1. Inside the oven (30-60 minutes to ripen)
Put your unpeeled bananas on a baking sheet and put them into the oven at 300 degrees. The heat will bring out the sugar in the bananas and they are ready to be taken out when the peels are all shiny and black. This won’t work for green bananas, so make sure they’re yellow.
2. In a brown paper bag (24 hours to ripen)
Put your bananas in a brown paper bag and loosely close the bag. The bananas will emit a chemical called Ethylene which will circulate throughout the bag and speed up the ripening process. To further speed it up, you can put some ripe fruit such as an apple into the bag, they will also emit Ethylene that enhances the bananas ripening. This method is recommended by the famous banana company Chequita On Their Website.
3. Microwave oven (up to 2 minutes to ripen)
Start by poking your bananas on all sides with a fork, then put them on a plate and into the microwave for up to 2 minutes. Check it every 20 seconds for doneness. Once it’s at the desired doneness, take it out and cool it for a few minutes before you use it in any recipe.
Although this method softens up the banana, they aren’t going to be that sweet because microwaving it doesn’t allow the banana’s fruit sugars to develop. So once again try to use bananas that are more yellow than green.
4. Cardboard box and plastic wrap (24hrs to ripen)
Just put a bunch of bananas in a cardboard box, then cover it with plastic wrap. This method is similar to the brown paper bag method, but you can use this one if you have more than a few bananas you want to ripen at one time.
5. Put them in warm places (about 2-3 days to ripen)
Place them in any warm place such as near a heater, an oven that is cooling down, or on top of a fridge. You’ll want to remove them from those places when you see brown spots on the bananas.
So which method works the quickest?
First of all if you’re looking to eat the banana raw, then I recommend that you don’t put them in the oven or microwave as those methods are only good for cooking recipes. And in my opinion putting a bunch of them in a cardboard box results in much more spots quickly.
Bananas ripens faster when they’re in a bunch because there’s more Ethylene in the surroundings. They like to be near their friends, other bananas.
They will ripen very quickly so make sure you check on them frequently or else you’ll miss your window. Let me know in the comments which methods you have tried and which one do you think works the best. I would love to hear your opinions, thanks for reading!