Nugget of Knowledge: Bananas

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(WYTV) – What’s a banana skin made of, and can you eat it?

We see the bright yellow peel as a glorified wrapper for what we really want inside, but yes, you can eat the banana skin.

It’s tough, but you can chew it.

The banana peel is about 60 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent fiber, and the rest contains water and small amounts of protein and fat.

A fresh banana has thick, tough and sometimes bitter skin, but it contains many minerals including potassium and manganese.      

Want to eat it?

Take an unpeeled ripe banana, wash it, cut off the ends and slice. Add milk or yogurt, a pinch of cinnamon and blend, then drink your peel.

Why does a banana skin get thinner as it ripens?

Bananas use birds and bats to distribute their seeds. While the fruit is developing, the thick skin keeps out insects.

As the seeds ripen, bananas absorb water from the inside of the skin, which causes the skin cells to collapse and lose strength. This makes it easier for animals and birds to tear them open and carry off the little seeds along with a mouthful of banana.

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