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What's the Deal With Organic Bananas Wrapped in Plastic?

What's the Deal With Organic Bananas Wrapped in Plastic?

Have you ever noticed that sometimes organic bananas are wrapped in plastic bags, while the conventional ones aren't? I always thought this was a method of bug protection, but it is something entirely different.

Organic bananas are wrapped in plastic because it helps speed up the ripening process. Although all bananas are shipped in their unripened green state, conventional bananas get a quick spray of an ethylene gas to accelerate their transition from green to yellow. Understandably, the organic bananas are not gassed and are instead prepackaged in plastic bags. Since bananas naturally give off ethylene gas, the bags allow the fruit to soak up the gas and turn yellow on their own. Pretty clever, huh? Too bad about the excess plastic though.

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jcrojasll jcrojasll 7 years
organic bananas are wrapped in plastic because used either organic banana or not depends on the company. The harvest of the fruit is green banana, its maturation occurs before reaching supermarkets, which are harvested green for the trip will not be mature, the maturation is done by varying the temperature and ethylene gas in this store how the fruit is ripe and yellow, bear in mind that the pulp is protected by its shell. The organic bananas are smaller than conventional bananas that are used natural fertilizers and no chemicals.
jcrojasll jcrojasll 7 years
organic bananas are wrapped in plastic because used either organic banana or not depends on the company. The harvest of the fruit is green banana, its maturation occurs before reaching supermarkets, which are harvested green for the trip will not be mature, the maturation is done by varying the temperature and ethylene gas in this store how the fruit is ripe and yellow, bear in mind that the pulp is protected by its shell. The organic bananas are smaller than conventional bananas that are used natural fertilizers and no chemicals.
caryatid caryatid 7 years
eh, don't worry about it too much, bananas are going to go extinct anyway from what i hear.http://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2008-06/can-fruit-be-saved
caryatid caryatid 7 years
eh, don't worry about it too much, bananas are going to go extinct anyway from what i hear. http://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2008-06/can-fruit-be-saved
nikolem2 nikolem2 7 years
Actually, it's wrong to imply that "all" organic bananas are wrapped in plastic. I have actually never seen it until this picture. I think it simply depends on the brand you buy. In general, it bothers me greatly when any product is packaged for no reason. I will never buy packaged produce, especially those with styrofoam. wtf, you know? Unfortunately, Trader Joes does a lot of this and that is one reason why I rarely buy product there. Don't buy it and spend your dollars on a company that doesn't excessively package--and there are plenty.
nikolem2 nikolem2 7 years
Actually, it's wrong to imply that "all" organic bananas are wrapped in plastic. I have actually never seen it until this picture. I think it simply depends on the brand you buy. In general, it bothers me greatly when any product is packaged for no reason. I will never buy packaged produce, especially those with styrofoam. wtf, you know? Unfortunately, Trader Joes does a lot of this and that is one reason why I rarely buy product there. Don't buy it and spend your dollars on a company that doesn't excessively package--and there are plenty.
imcs imcs 7 years
very interesting :-) love learning new bits of info!
imcs imcs 7 years
very interesting :-) love learning new bits of info!
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
Yeah I just buy the non-organic and "ripe" them myself with the plastic-bag-apple trick so I can make bananana bread :)
MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 7 years
I shop exclusively at Whole Foods and have never seen this before. This is interesting. You'd think most organic stores that carry these would be concerned about the extra waste produced by the plastic bags.
Rose-Cullen Rose-Cullen 7 years
doesn't really bother me really. I don't even like bananas unless it's bananas/strawberry yogurt. yummy :)
Allytta Allytta 7 years
in UK they seel both in plastic, but ther are some without it. wild magelet, organic might be smaller because they don't use artificial stuff to make them grow bigger :)
nv27 nv27 7 years
My grocery store doesnt sell organic bananas. I never knew they were sprayed with a gas to make them ripen faster, thats gross and unnecessary, I'll have to find some organic ones somewhere else.
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 7 years
Bananas are one thing that I'd really like to buy organically, but I haven't in the past because - while well aware that this is going to make me sound horribly greedy :) - the organic bananas at my market and supermarket are always smaller than the "normal" bananas. And after loathing them as a child, I really like bananas now. Particularly on my cereal in the morning and preferably as big as possible, heh.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
hmmmm... well, I don't like bannanas anyways so eh
SussLW SussLW 7 years
I've never seen then in plastic bags but instead the stems (?) are wrapped in plastic. It's too bad they speed up the ripening because I find these days I keep ending up with overripe bananas, no matter how green they are when I buy them.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Yeah, I knew it was a ripening thing, but I think it's really dumb that they do it. Why not just ripen the bananas at home in a bag with a piece of apple?
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