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Photo: Billion Photos (Shutterstock) Welcome to our Master Class on banana consumption, where we will discuss the right way to peel a banana. If you’re thinking, “There is no right way to peel a banana!” you may not be ready to hear that according to none other than Chiquita herself, there is a “proper” way—and it’s probably not how you’ve been doing it your whole life. Most of us peel from the stem down. And why not? The stem is long, it’s sturdy, and it’s just sitting there , sticking out like a banana handle, waiting to be pulled. And sometimes, when we are lucky enough to grab the fruit at peak ripeness, stem peeling can be an effective method. But if we miss the peak? If we arrive too soon, we’re met with a pressurized, intransigent hardness that must be cut; too late and we must wrangle with a mushy, bruised mess of deflated potassium dreams. This is because, according to Chiquita, “As a banana ripens its skin loses moisture, which causes the skin cells to collapse and makes the skin thinner and more pliable.” Meaning, as the banana ripens, the stem becomes more flexible, rendering it harder to use as a peeling mechanism we so want it to be. Why you should peel it from the “bottom”(which is actually the top) Have you ever seen bananas in the wild? They grow in clusters, with the stem-end pointing down (which technically makes the stem the bottom, while the […]