🍌 Bruised Bananas need love too! 🍌

Who knew that one of the easiest ways to reduce our food waste, save money and cut carbon emissions is to choose older, less-perfect produce when we shop?

According to FAO (Food Agricultural Organization Of The United Nations) that using less-perfect produce when we shop has the potential to cut up to 113 kgs of food waste per person annually, or up to 83 billion kgs annually in the US alone! And how much money might we save if we embraced imperfections in our fruits? So the next time you find yourself in a FreshStop scoping for the “perfect banana”, don’t push the bruised one aside. Bruised bananas need love too! In fact, all bruised fruit!

One way to reduce food waste is to try to use bananas at every stage of their ripeness. Bananas that are getting brown and spotted are not yucky, relax! They can be used in so many delicious recipes! 🤤

What are ripe bananas?

Ripe bananas are yellow with a few brown spots and are softer than their unripe counterparts. It has increased banana-ry flavour and scent and is much sweeter. Ripe bananas are also easier to digest.

What can I do with ripe bananas?

Eat them! Or make the typical banana bread. They are great for smoothies, and you can also make a delicious vegan ice-cream, as frozen banana gives a lovely, creamy texture.

Can I freeze bananas?

Yes, you can freeze bananas! Peel your bananas and freeze them on a tray (so they don’t all get frozen together) and then once frozen you can pop them into a freezer bag or Tupperware. Freezing bananas before they are overripe will also help reduce food waste.

🍌Need a banana? We got great deals on bananas at your local FreshStop!