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Old 05-16-2015, 08:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Ripening bananas on the plant - less tasty ?

If you ripen the bananas on the plant will they become less tasty ?
I have built some wire cages that enclose the bunches.
This is for pest exclusion - the idea was to allow ripening on the plant and gradual harvest.
But now I have read somewhere that they taste better when picked semi green and ripened after picking.
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Default Re: Ripening bananas on the plant - less tasty ?

I was basing this query on just one statement -
"When left on the plant too long, the fruit tends to split open and become tasteless"
Banana facts you didn't know

I had always assumed that plant ripened fruit were superior,
and that green harvesting was just a commercial necessity.
And I have found some references agreeing with this.

Although both flavor and texture of "tree-ripened" bananas is generally regarded as superior to any type of green-picked fruit,
this reduces shelf life to only 7–10 days.

Banana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tree ripened bananas, like any fruit or vegetable allowed to ripen naturally, are much sweeter and also don’t have that almost unreal yellow color to them. They tend to be a duller yellow, with brown speckles on them.
How To Grow Banana Trees In Your Off The Grid Garden | Off The Grid News

So I will continue trying to ripen on the plant.

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Default Re: Ripening bananas on the plant - less tasty ?

we just pick ours as they ripen. here in Indiana they don't all ripen at once, so we get an extended harvest with 3-5 bananas usually every couple of days. and they definitely aren't tasteless, so don't believe that. I think they just pick them green for shipping like tomatoes and you know what that does to the flavor of tomatoes!
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we just pick ours as they ripen.
Thanks, yes thats what I plan to do to.
It was probably a silly question of mine to start with, based a dodgy article.
I now firmly believe plant ripened fruit are better.
I had my first backyard grown banana in a while, today and it was so tasty.
And its so nice to just pick a few at a time as needed.
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