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May 26, 2004 09:00 AM

how to know when red bananas are ripe

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Just bought my first bunch of red bananas--how do I know when to eat them? Do they soften like yellow bananas? Thanks!

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  1. I dealt with this issue myself last week, not without biting into a few incredibly hard and astringent specimens and immediately spitting them out.

    They don't give strong visual cues, but they do get a little softer as they ripen, and the skin will become more tender, yielding easily to pressure from a thumbnail. Try one every day or so and you should develop a sense of when they're ready.

    Nice fruit.


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    1. They get soft, and the skin looses it's slight greenish background color. The red Jamacian bananas are my favorites.