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Caroline1 Jul 12, 2013 10:45 PM

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. '-)

  1. girloftheworld Jul 14, 2013 02:57 PM

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

    1. JonParker Jul 14, 2013 02:40 PM

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

      1. Paprikaboy Jul 14, 2013 10:42 AM

        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.

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          Pwmfan Jul 14, 2013 10:35 AM

          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. greygarious Jul 13, 2013 03:00 PM

            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.

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              pine time Jul 13, 2013 12:16 PM

              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. monfrancisco Jul 13, 2013 10:21 AM

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

                1. Veggo Jul 13, 2013 10:15 AM

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

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                  1. re: Veggo
                    ipsedixit Jul 13, 2013 10:21 AM

                    You should come and visit my mom.

                    She refuses to eat grape skin.

                    1. re: ipsedixit
                      Cheese Boy Jul 13, 2013 09:12 PM

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

                      1. re: Cheese Boy
                        ipsedixit Jul 13, 2013 09:16 PM

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

                        1. re: ipsedixit
                          Cheese Boy Jul 14, 2013 10:46 AM

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

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                            ipsedixit Jul 14, 2013 10:57 AM

                            Wait, "peeled raisins"?

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

                    2. re: Veggo
                      Caroline1 Jul 13, 2013 11:57 AM

                      Only if we share! :-)

                    3. ScubaSteve Jul 13, 2013 09:43 AM

                      Stem end.

                      And on a somewhat related note:


                      Read the comments, frickin' hilarious.

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                      1. re: ScubaSteve
                        Caroline1 Jul 13, 2013 12:04 PM

                        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
                          nemo Jul 14, 2013 08:33 AM

                          Also view the Customer Images. Some are quite clever.

                        2. hill food Jul 12, 2013 11:42 PM

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


                          1. ipsedixit Jul 12, 2013 11:02 PM

                            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
                              Caroline1 Jul 13, 2013 12:19 AM

                              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
                                JonParker Jul 13, 2013 02:10 AM

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

                                1. re: JonParker
                                  Caroline1 Jul 13, 2013 11:56 AM

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

                                2. re: Caroline1
                                  Chowrin Jul 13, 2013 12:00 PM

                                  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.

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