View Full Version : Ripe bananas = sweet?
10-05-2009, 08:11 PM
I've heard a lot of people say that bananas are ripe when they are covered in brown/black spots, and also that they are sweetest in that state.
Perhaps it has to do with different varieties of bananas or the shipping method, but I've always found them a bit bitter and not so sweet when they are spotted. I think they are the sweetest just before they start to go brown, when they have a warm yellow color.
Just curious if I'm the only one who thinks so.
10-05-2009, 09:04 PM
It ultimately comes down to the individual banana in question. Judging by my own experience with bananas, there doesn't seem to be a ripeness/sweetness law of correlation. Sometimes the overripe ones taste better, sometimes they taste blander.
10-05-2009, 09:19 PM
Nearly all bananas in the U.S. are of 3 varieties, but the "cheap" ones are probably the ones ur talkin about. Bananas are overripe when they are covered in brown/black spots. They kinda get a weird almost sulfuric/yolky taste/texture. You definately don't want a banana that's green at the tips, but one that has only a few appearing spots on it. It should definately be firm and sweet.
10-05-2009, 09:47 PM
I'm like you, I like a yellow banana before they start spotting. I agree the spotted ones are very bitter.
The exception would be the little yellow baby bananas, from Ecuador. Those can be nearly black and almost never bitter, always sweet.
I also find there's a definite taste difference in bananas. Organic ones seem to be smoother and more flavorful.
Bananas are the best raw snack on the go. They're filling, and they come in their own biodegradable container!
10-05-2009, 10:16 PM
I'm a fan of the very spotted bananas when they are almost black. I find they are the sweetest at this point.
I cannot eat a yellow banana. They don't taste ripe to me. :p
10-05-2009, 10:44 PM
I use to think before raw that it was better just yellow. Now I know it's healthier and tastier with the spots.
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