Wednesday, December 12, 2018

346/365/Happy Free-for-All

Ever since I heard that monkeys peel bananas from the bottom, not the top, I do it that way. (I have never checked to see if that’s actually true.) I think it is easier to peel bananas this way. And the thing is, when I peel bananas, I peel a bunch at a time, because after I peel them, I break them up and freeze them in smaller pieces, because almost every morning Tim and I have a frozen-banana–based shake (with other fruit and soy milk or coconut milk, peanut butter, etc.). But when I do that—i.e., peel bananas from the bottom—I discover the downside: the underneath of my thumbnail, which digs into that base, becomes completely black, and it—i.e., the thumbnail—isn’t as easy to clean as one might think. Maybe you should all try it, dear monkey friends—and report back.


  1. I've heard they do it that way too. I wonder if it's because they peel them while they are still up in the tree in a big bunch, and the bottom is the part that is accessible to them.

  2. My mom told me that she heard that was the right way to peel a banana but being me (a rebel when it came to anything my mom suggested) I continued peeling them from the stem end which is more difficult, but I was determined to not listen to my mom. After August 2016 I quit being such a rebel and I now peel from the bud end*. I don't know if it makes my nails black or not. I never looked, but will look next time.

    *I wonder what a banana flower looks like

  3. I am, and my two daughters are, allergic to bananas, like throat close up and tongue swell hives on your face allergic. I haven't had one in 15 years. I don't miss them but I do miss the way they bulked up a protein shake frozen like that.

    1. Wow. I don't think I've ever heard of anyone being allergic to bananas. It is a fascinating world.