8 Uses Of Banana You Might Never Have Imagined

Written by on March 17, 2011 in Green living - 12 Comments

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Check out other articles on sweet power-foods like The Great Health Benefits of Honey and Pure Maple Syrup For Your Health.

via Readers Digest.

12 Comments on "8 Uses Of Banana You Might Never Have Imagined"

  1. Jolly Princess March 18, 2011 at 1:30 am ·

    Yes, I made a research of this fruit. I found out many uses of this fruit aside from being potassium loaded fruit good for the health. Thanks for sharing these great info.

  2. mice aliling March 18, 2011 at 1:35 am ·

    This is a very informative blog. I love it!!! Keep it up!

  3. bongs March 19, 2011 at 12:40 pm ·

    wow!

  4. liling t. March 20, 2011 at 6:32 am ·

    These are great tips! Never thought bananas have so much uses besides being a potassium provider. Kudos! :D

  5. Katy March 21, 2011 at 3:04 am ·

    Wow, I’ve always loved bananas and now I have even more reasons to!

  6. Jaynie Alexy-Klein March 21, 2011 at 5:09 am ·

    AND you can freeze bananas that are too ripened for a future batch of banana bread! Works great!

  7. kanwal shehzad March 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm ·

    nice blog!!!

  8. Reut March 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm ·

    Hi Jaynie,
    It’s a great tip. Thank you for stopping by!

  9. Reut March 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm ·

    Hi liling t.,
    I’m glad the post was helpful for you.
    Thank you for visiting!

  10. Uttoran Sen March 28, 2011 at 6:36 pm ·

    I never knew banana can be used for so many eco-friendly things. Banana face mask is common though, and a lot of Indian foods are actually cooked with the help of the banana leaves, but apart from that, all the tips are new to me.

    Am going to apply the last one tomorrow, i always wanted more birds fly in my backyard.

  11. Reut April 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm ·

    Hi,
    I’m glad the post was helpful for you!
    Enjoy your weekend :-)

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