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Dec 25, 2008 09:50 PM

Indigenous Uses for Banana Skins?

It seems that indigenous cultures find a way to use all parts of the produce and meats they eat.
So as I was eating my daily banana this morning,I wondered if there is some banana- growing culture that puts banana skins to use (other than for compost or pig feed!). Anyone?

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  1. "E-lec-trical banana...". No, not really. Nothing comes to mind. Nothing at all!

    1. I know that bananas are good for facials, so looked to see if the skins were good for anything skin related. I discovered something on that says they are good for acne, warts & poison ivy. I haven't tried any of these, but thought I'd pass it on! Maybe someone else knows for sure?

      1. I've lived and worked in about 35 banana and plantain producing countries and have never encountered a use for the skins other than, as you mention, pig feed and compost. And you can't give much to the pigs either.

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        1. re: Sam Fujisaka

          Horses like them as an occaional treat.

        2. I have a black thumb, but I know that people who are successful rose growers like to throw banana peels on the ground around their plants. As the peels decompose, they provide a mix of nutrients that is particularly good for rose bushes.

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            1. re: Sam Fujisaka

              Quite right, as usual, Sam. Roses need fertilizer in the ratio of 1 - 2 - 1. That is 1 part Nitrogen, 2 parts Phosphorus, 1 part Potassium. Without over fertilizing plants, banana skins add the necessary phosphorus and potassium levels at the time of planting and a few times during the season. The skins are equally beneficial for shrubs and other garden plants when worked into the soil around the plants.