Go Bananas: 6 Fruitful Ways To Use Your Banana Peel

Alain Saint-Dic
Alain Saint-Dic, Health and Fitness Editor at 20something, brings over nine years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Though he studied pre-law, his love for the human body, it's adaptive ability and unlocking the largely untapped potential of human beings led him to pursue a passionate career in health, fitness, and athletics.

What does the rest of the world know that we don’t? When it comes to food, it seems to be almost everything. We’re either really far behind, catering to major corporations who make large political donations, or so far ahead that we’ll find out in 50 years whether or not we were right.

Either way, while we’re tossing away our bright yellow banana exteriors, or perhaps using them to throw off our competition in Mario Kart, some other countries are making good use of the banana peel.


Polish Shoes and Silverware

Don’t want to clean your silverware with the same toxic stuff that’s capable of removing NYC subway grime from your shoes? This organic solution seems to be a healthy compromise, natural and powerful. Good luck keeping the rats away from your shoes!


Super Water

Just as it’s recommended that we drink lemon-soaked water in the mornings, your plants can actually benefit from banana-soaked water.


Itch and Pain Relief

Pack a few peels for your next trip into tropical climates. When the the mosquitoes threaten your life, and they will, rub your skin down with banana peel to ease the itchiness. It can also relieve the pain from a sunburn.


Teeth Whitening

In case you’re not a huge fan of the dentist or at home whitening kits, rub the inside of a banana peel on your teeth regularly for whiter teeth.


Chicken Jacket

If you’re a fan of tender meat, apply a few peels on top or underneath any meat that you may put in the oven.


Mario Kart

As you may notice, I’m discussing video games again as opposed to how edible it is. That’s because I’m more likely to throw my peels at Wario and walk away with large trophies rather than ingest insecticides and pesticides. Ingest at your own risk, unless you can find organic bananas which pose less risk.

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