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How do you peel?

Bananas, of course. It occurs to me that when I see a cartoon with a banana peel on a sidewalk waiting for someone to slip on it, that banana wll always be peeled from the blosom end (the way monkeys peel bananas). But when I see people actually peel a banana, they seem to always peel from the stem end. So now my weird curosty is piqued (Yes, I admit to being weird. It's the only way to fly!) So please, 'fess up... Do you peel a banana from the stem end or the blossom end?

Answer this for me ad I promise not to ask any more questions for at least a week. '-)

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  1. What cartoons do you watch? Don't think I've ever recalled cartoon bananas denuded from the blossom end.

    When I first saw the title of your post I thought the question was: (1) do you peel as you eat, or (2) peel all the way and then partake.

    By the way, it's stem for me.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Of course you have! Think about it, ips... The banana peels make a "flower" or "octopus" like pattern with the stem in the center in every drawing I've ever seen. Have you ever seen a cartoon banana peel with the stem at the end of one of the peels? I never have! I usually peel from the bossom end and it's MUCH easier than peeling from the stem end, but every once in a while I revert to the hard way. Monkeys are smart! They know how to peel baaas! '-)

      1. re: Caroline1

        This has nothing to do with peeling bananas, but you're my favorite Chowhounder ever. Really.

        1. re: JonParker

          <blush> I'm touched. Thank you! :-)

        2. re: Caroline1

          The blossom end? the blossom end is the large end, isn't it? The thin portion attaches the banana to the tree, right?

          I do it the way they do it on TV -- crack the small end off, pull it down, then pull the rest down in two parts.

      2. this is a perspective I might never have considered or noticed.


        1. Stem end.

          And on a somewhat related note:


          Read the comments, frickin' hilarious.

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          1. re: ScubaSteve

            Funny indeed! I admit that I bought one of these gadgets, but it turned out that all of my banaas were curved the wrong way, so I gave it away. Wasted money! '-)

            1. re: ScubaSteve

              Also view the Customer Images. Some are quite clever.

            2. Stem end. While we're peeling darlin' , can I peel you some grapes?

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              1. re: Veggo

                You should come and visit my mom.

                She refuses to eat grape skin.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Ipse, I hope you were never
                  punished by having to rehydrate raisins and peel them for her.

                  1. re: Cheese Boy

                    I was punished by having to make raisins *after* she peeled them.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      All kidding aside, there's probably a market for peeled raisins. Better mouthfeel and less texture would be two things to highlight for sure.

                      1. re: Cheese Boy

                        Wait, "peeled raisins"?

                        Isn't that in the same category of food groups as "jumbo shrimp" and "nonfat lard"?

                2. Blossom end, ever since someone recommended doing it that way ... on Chowhound. If I could remember the thread, I'd link it.

                  1. Stem end.

                    Years ago, long into my adulthood, though, I was visiting my parents, and yelled when Dad was peeling a banana, "Stop, you're doing it wrong!" I had never seen him peel from the blossom end before and was aghast! Then he said "but then I have a handle [the stem end]." He was still wrong, though.

                    1. I used to be a lab animal caretaker. Our macaques didn't peel, they ate the whole thing, peel and all. Half of them, however, separated their Oreos and licked the filling first.
                      The fruit was part of their food budget; we brought other treats for them to relieve their boredom, as none of the experiments was affected by their diet.

                      I peel from the stem - have never seen anyone do otherwise.

                      I thought you were going to ask about vegetable peelers vs. paring knives and was going to rave about the serrated Messermeister vegetable peeler, which can even peel tomato and peach effortlessly, taking just the peel and not wasting the flesh.

                      1. The only good thing I got from a Pampered Chef party was the hint to squeeze the blossom end and peel from there -it really works! The junk I was obligated to buy (good friend's party) is long gone, but this hint stayed with me.

                        1. Not sure I know how I peel my bananas but i do know that the peeling of a banana was one of the first time's I remember making my father laugh.
                          I was about 10 or 11 and having terrible trouble getting into an , obviously unripe banana. Apparently I said it's been so long since i had one of these I've forgotten how to open them.

                          1. Ever since this topic appeared I've had an earworm of Peter Frampton singing "Do you peel like we do?"

                            1. hold the stem and peel the other end...that way the "strings" come down with the peel..