Banana peels are one of those things that goes straight in the bin, it’s just one of those byproducts that most of us have no use for, even if Americans consume around 3.2 billion pounds of banana every year.
So next time you eat a banana you may want to think twice about thrashing the peel. That's because you should be eating them too!
It turns out that banana peels are nutritional powerhouses loaded with energy-rich B vitamins, potassium and magnesium.
What Do Banana Peels Taste Like?
Banana peels taste a bit fibrous so they are not too palatable when eaten raw. It is recommended to boil them for at least 10 minutes to tenderize them. Also, if you plan on consuming the skin be sure to buy organic bananas.
What Can You Do With Banana Peels?
Banana peels can be diced and sautéed the same way you would any other veggie. They are especially tasty when served with beans. Here's a great recipe for banana skins and black-eyed peas.
As you'll see in this video, banana peels are also great in smoothies and can be candied. Check out how Inhabitat's Yuka Yoneda uses them:
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