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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 ehow.com 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?

      http://www.ehow.com/how_2313284_use-b...

      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.