Going bananas

Recently I discovered a colleague at work liked to snap his bananas.

“Like a monkey,” he said. “You’ve got half a banana to eat now, and half a banana to eat later. Kind of a bonus banana.”


Now, this was new to us. It’s kind of genius – you do have half a banana later, and it’s still in its skin (mostly) so it stays ok for a while.

Another colleague had a go.

It’s not as easy at it seems! However, when I showed this to kids (after they’d stopped falling about laughing), they immediately asked if they could try.

Sure, I said. But if you snap it, you’ve got to eat it.

The quantity of bananas consumed in our house went up quite dramatically (at least for a short while). It even put a dent in the quantity of black banana cake that I was able to make.

After all, to make black banana cake, you need (unsurprisingly) black bananas.

As I was writing this post, I idly typed ‘snap banana like a monkey’ into YouTube, and came across this.

Whoa. One-handed banana opening. Genius!

So, dear reader. How do you eat your bananas? Do you snap them like a monkey? Peel them from the bottom (also a favoured technique of our monkey chums), or something else?

I leave you with this – a gif of a banana which has been put through an MRI. Oddly beautiful.

Author: dave

Book reviewer, occasional writer, photographer, coffee-lover, cyclist, spoon carver and stationery geek.

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