I’m beginning to think that the wisdom of old age consists less of learning something new than it’s a process of unlearning something old.
I grew up being told by my mother than bananas should never be put in the refrigerator. I learned about a year ago from a friend that isn’t quite so – that they can be frozen and used in a variety of different ways.
But now I’ve discovered that putting bananas in the refrigerator are an excellent way of preventing them from getting rotten. Chiquita bananas, who were responsible for the original advice, have even said so.
There’s a trick, though. You shouldn’t put them into the refrigerator until they have reached the stage at which you want to eat them. Because although the skin will blacken, the fruit will not ripen once the fruit has been refrigerated — even after it is taken out of the fridge.
I’ve kept them green for more than two weeks. Just out of curiosity, I’m tempted to put a test banana in the fridge and see just how long it will last. As long as an apple? a potato? a grapefruit?