Myths, Emails and Bananas

I’m participating in the iPPP link up that Liz and KLZ host.

iPhone Photo Phun

My Mother likes to forward chain(ish) e-mails to me.
I’m sure many Mothers do.
Recently, my Mother forwarded one to me titled “Clever ideas at home worth knowing”.
Sounds interesting right? I believe it to be full of myths.

So, I’m testing the “Clever Ideas”.

First up.


Take bananas apart at home.
They ripen faster if left connected.

So, I bought a bunch of bananas on Thursday.
I separated half of them and left the rest bunched.



I took pictures 3 days in to the experiment. Notice I am 1 banana short. My assistant got hungry.



I took pictures this morning. At day 5, the bananas that are bunched look the same as the un bunched ones.



Do un-bunched bananas keep better? I’d say there is no difference between bunched or un-bunched (except the counter top space they hog)

What myths have you heard about food or home related items?



  1. For a moment there I was excited, bananas always go brown before i get them all eaten! c

  2. if you put them in the fridge, the skin goes brown, but the inside doesn’t go bad. Great to trick some sceptical fruit-eaters.

    p.s. i think I got the same chain email about the ‘clever ideas worth knowing’. They’re clever.

  3. What is even more interesting than those emails is that YOU actually tested it out!! Whew….that saves me from figuring it out!! BTW, I hang mine from one of those banana trees, so if the result was to unbunch them, then I’d have a problem!!

  4. I got excited too! I know you shouldn´t put them in the fridge as they go black. I do know (on a different subject) that a pinch of bicarbonate of soda in the soaking water of pulses does certainly seem to make them cook to a softer texture!

  5. Ha, did you say ‘mom you’re bananas?’

  6. Hilarious! I heard this one too. We use up bananas so quickly it doesn’t much matter in our house, but good to know!

  7. Yes, we have no bananas…

  8. Thanks for testing out the theory for us.

  9. This is a really cool experiment! It’s like you’re mythbusters 🙂

    • I felt a little MythBusters-ish. 🙂

  10. Excellent work putting that myth to the test. I’d never heard of it before.

  11. I was JUST thinking about this today!! I wondered if they ripened quicker if pulled apart!

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