Going bananas

After months of hypothesizing, discussion, and healthy debate between my husband and me, I decided to conduct a (semi-)scientific experiment that would answer the following question once and for all: Do organic bananas stay fresher longer than conventional bananas?

I give you The Great Banana Experiment of 2012.

I know. You’ve been struggling with this question yourself. Perhaps it has cost you sleep. Perhaps your marriage. You’re dying to know the answer. Well, I’m here to help. With photos.

It all started when I switched over to organic bananas. My husband claimed they lasted longer. He believed this was due to the plastic wrap that the banana-growing people bind around the top of the bundle.

Weirdly enough, someone (it may have been me) brought this up at a dinner we were having with some friends. One thing led to another, and somehow I was convinced to do this crazy mad experiment. So here are my results, in pictures:

Day 1. Organic bananas are on the left.

Day 3. Things are progressing nicely.

Day 5. I’m getting bored.

Day 7. I can’t remember why I thought this was a good idea. I literally don’t care anymore.

After all this rigmarole, I have to admit it was kind of hard to tell which lasted longer. I think maybe the organic bananas were a LITTLE less ripe on day 7. I don’t know. As you can probably tell, I lost interest.

So there you have it. A week’s worth of effort for this. Utterly amazing.

  1. Shana

    August 2nd, 2012 at 11:12 am

    You’re so funny!! Looks like it’s time to make some banana bread!

  2. Meredith

    August 2nd, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Thanks, Shana! I could have made like 4 loaves.

  3. Noah

    August 3rd, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Well, I think that both you and your husband are bananas! Get it? Bananas! . . . Ummm, well, have a good weekend anyway.

  4. Meredith

    August 4th, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Wah wah.

  5. Amy

    August 7th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Here’s another experiment to try: buy TWO bunches of organic bananas and take the wrapper off of just ONE of them. Will they ripen at the same rate? Or will you get too hungry to find out? Or maybe you’ll be too sick of all the banana bread you’ll be eating from the overripe bananas in your house to try it…

  6. Meredith

    August 7th, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Amy, I think I may just have to do this. So many people have told me this, and even though I have no interest in finding out, I think my public deserves this post. Thanks for tipping the scales!

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