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Indigenous Uses for Banana Skins?

opinionatedchef Dec 25, 2008 09:50 PM

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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    Joebob Dec 25, 2008 10:44 PM

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

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      Just One Bite Dec 25, 2008 11:51 PM

      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?


      1. Sam Fujisaka Dec 26, 2008 07:00 AM

        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
          AmyH Dec 26, 2008 10:58 AM

          Horses like them as an occaional treat.

        2. greygarious Dec 26, 2008 07:12 AM

          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: greygarious
            Sam Fujisaka Dec 26, 2008 07:29 AM

            Probably potassium.

            1. re: Sam Fujisaka
              Gio Dec 26, 2008 08:09 AM

              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.

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            jlafler Dec 26, 2008 08:29 AM

            Slapstick humor?

            1. mkmccp Dec 26, 2008 08:52 AM

              I think I read in the ASk Heloise newspaper column that if you cut a piece of banana peel and tape it to a wart that after a week the wart will be gone. And you will be stinking of rotten banana peel...

              1. ipsedixit Dec 26, 2008 09:43 PM

                Banana peels are supposed to be great for ridding warts.

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                1. re: ipsedixit
                  MarkC Dec 27, 2008 08:29 AM

                  It used to be thought that you could get high from smoking them, but this is apparently a sixties-era hoax. The old song "mellow yellow" supposedly alluded to this.

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