Banana is a delicious, nutritious, and filling fruit, rich in potassium, iron, vitamin C and more – we all know that. But here are some amazing facts and uses of banana and its peel you might have never have known or imagined before.
1. Banana can be used as a good face pack
Does it seem like the so-called “natural” products you buy don’t feel very natural? Try banana crush as a face pack and experience a really natural way to treat your skin, making it super supple and soft. Leaving banana pulp on your face and skin for ten to twenty minutes before washing it off can help your skin to be well moisturized and can fight off the tiny wrinkles that may appear in the later years. You can also try making a mask with 1/4 cup of yoghurt, two tablespoons of honey and a medium sized banana to have a natural skin care mask.
2. Freshen your plants
Is your plants looking dull and dusty lately? Maybe the leaves need a good wiping. Don’t throw away the peel of banana after you eat the fruit, because here is an amazing use of banana peel – you can rub off the dust on the leaves with the banana skin to make your plants look good, clean and fresh.
3. Use the banana to fight aphids
Dried or cut up banana peels buried deep in soil can make the aphids attacking your garden to run off. Remember not to bury a full banana or a whole, intact banana peel as this aphid repellent could backfire by attracting other pests like raccoons and squirrels who would love to dig it up for a treat.
4. Polish with Banana Peel
Believe it or not, there is a natural alternative to regular, foul-smelling shoe polish. Banana peels can impart the best shine to your dusty shoes as well as your silverware. Banana peels do work magic in cleaning off the dust and giving your leather and metals an extra shine without using any chemicals. Just rub it on and wipe it off with a clean cloth.
5. Banana fertilizer
Banana peels, just like the fruit, have loads of potassium in them. So swap your store-bought “potassium-rich” garden fertilizer with a natural potassium mulch made from banana peels. Dry out your peels in the sun or indoors during winter and powder those to get one of the best natural treats for your garden plants without harming the soil.
6. Banana composting
If I have more bananas than I know our family can eat, I cut them into inch-size chunks, freeze them, and then add them to smoothies as needed. What to do with all the peels, though? They can go directly into your compost pile and contribute to the natural compost formation. Drop them deep in the pile and be patient. The thicker parts may take a year or two to disappear.
7. Tenderize your roast
Banana leaves or peel can be used while roasting meat so as to tenderize the morsel and allow it to cook well. You can also add a ripe peeled banana to the roasting pan the next time you are finding it hard to roast a meat, to get a well cooked but juicy meat roast.
8. Have more birds and butterflies in your garden
Who does not like the garden to be full of fluttering and colorful life? Place a good ripe banana with a few holes poked through it in your backyard to attract birds and butterflies. Feel the lovely life all around your house and give a warm feel to your garden with the banana treat. But hey, don’t forget to bury it in the compost pile before sunset as it can also attract nocturnal creatures like bats and raccoons if left to stay.
via Readers Digest.