Bananas: Are bananas good to eat after they have been refrigerated?

Marla e-mailed the Kitchen Shrink that she had accidentally put her bananas in the refrigerator in a bag of groceries and now the skins are black. She wondered if they are still good to use.

Bananas are still just fine to use if they have been refrigerated and the skins have turned color. Bananas are picked green and ripen at room temperature. Refrigerating them not only  causes the skin to darken, it slows down or stops ripening.  So, it is best to keep them out of the fridge until they are fully ripened. At that point refrigerating them will help keep them from becoming over ripe.

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4 Responses to Bananas: Are bananas good to eat after they have been refrigerated?

  1. Leezette James says:

    I thank you for the information. I left bananas in the car and it got cold over night. Yes, the skins discolored. Thank goodness I didn’t have to toss them!

  2. Nancy Bowen says:

    I like my bananas a little green what should I do?

    • moulton says:

      Buy them a little green and then put them in the fridge and don’t buy too many at once because even in the fridge they will ripen.

  3. Kathy says:

    Good answer for me!! Many time I’ve wondered about
    This. Thank you

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