February 25, 2005

Uncool Bananas

There is something in my apartment that apparently accelerates the aging process in bananas and it has me a bit concerned. I bought a modest bunch at the Met on Monday - nice and firm with just a hint of green (so I thought they'd last well through the week) - and by Tuesday they were already showing a prominent touch of the geriatric. I find this particularly distressing because I prefer my bananas unblemished and now they are freakish and unsightly. I'm almost embarrassed to bring them into work.

I tried moving them around to different storage locations thinking that perhaps some combination of altitude, warmth or dryness was contributing to their premature deterioration. But no, the steady decline that began atop the refrigerator continued on the countertop and further more in a ceramic bowl over by the couch.

It may be that I expect too much from the banana itself and that this life cycle is completely normal. Perhaps the impatience brought about my accelerated lifestyle that has led to unrealistic expectations in this regard. I'm not sure. Any input or enlightening banana tales would be greatly appreciated.

>Posted by Charles at February 25, 2005 09:31 AM

if you can get past your totally superficial ideas ;) putting pressure on how bananas should look, follow my advice (yeah i'm the boss of you) and when they are properly ripe out in the open THEN put them in the fridge. the outside will turn black but the inside will remain perfect.

it's what's INSIDE that counts!

Posted by: mia at February 25, 2005 10:57 AM

Ha. You're right of course. I'm obsessed with appearances. I will try to learn to accept the fruit as it is... with its external faults - which just give them character, of course. I will turn to the wisdom of your words and try not to be so... judgmental. Such a fruit-elitist. Thank you.

However, some weird sinkhole or something has developed on the surface of this banana on my desk. It appears a little... suspect.

Posted by: charles at February 25, 2005 11:42 AM

hey charles-
Interesting! i bought a bunch of bananas at that met on sunday (presumably from the same batch as yours) and i was noticing just yesterday that they had gotten real mushy real fast...neighborhood air? or just a quickly-ripening shipment of bananas... hmmmm.

Posted by: rachel at February 25, 2005 12:08 PM

Really? That is interesting. Perhaps some genetic-additive-voodoo is at work here. A whole banana shelf-life conspiracy.

They looked so good at the store, too.

Posted by: charles at February 25, 2005 01:01 PM
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