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Jul 12, 2013 10:45 PM

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.