random musings on bananas past and present

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    40 years give or take...i worked in a drugstore at the soda fountain...we made banana splits..i remember...one of us...would walk to the grocery on mondays and fridays to get bananas. we never had to toss any or waste any...now i buy bananas that are green....i mean hard and green...the next day...soft with brown spots....i have ask the produce guy..what is happening to the bananas...he says they are "gassed" ...so anyone got a clue what they are doing to the bananas?
     
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    Must only be your bananas.. If I buy hard and green, they're hard and green the next day, and finally start to soften after 2-3 days.

    Maybe you simply have mutant bananas.
     
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    Seem like I read an article once that said certain fruits are purged with nitrogen as a way to accelerate them becomming ripe.
     
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    produce guy said it was something done in shipping....
     
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    This way they can be picked greener for long distance shipping and they can control when they ripen
     
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    Bananas produced for export consume the largest volume of chemicals of any crop except cotton and the use of over 400 agrochemicals in the banana industry is – literally - fatal for both workers and their environment. Pesticides are also used because supermarkets, multinational companies and in turn EU regulation demand perfect looking bananas without spots or blemishes. Companies claim that cosmetically perfect uniform looking bananas are what consumers want! It has nothing to do with the taste.

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    My fiancee has amusing friends. One of them turned to her as she was eating a banana and said, "I can't eat a banana in public... they're so... phallic."
     
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    I wish my banana would stay hard (and I can learn to live with it green) for 2-3 days

    What gas are they using on these bananas, anyway?
     
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    You have to call a doctor after 4 hours, dude. Don't you watch TV ?
     
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