Speed up banana ripening: 4 hacks for quick and tasty results

Discover four clever hacks to accelerate the ripening of green bananas and enjoy their sweet goodness sooner

Two bananas
Two bananas © unsplash.com, Rémi Müller

Have you ever been craving a banana, only to find that the bunch you bought is still green and unripe? Waiting for bananas to ripen naturally can be frustrating, but fear not!

We've got four fantastic hacks to help you speed up the ripening process and turn those green bananas into a delicious, ripe treat in no time. Say goodbye to the waiting game and hello to sweet satisfaction!

1. The Brown Bag Trick

The brown bag method is a tried-and-true technique for ripening green bananas quickly. Here's how it works:

What you'll need:

  • Green bananas
  • A brown paper bag


  1. Place the green bananas in a brown paper bag.
  2. Fold the top of the bag to seal it, trapping the ethylene gas produced by the bananas inside.
  3. Leave the bag of bananas at room temperature, ideally in a warm and dry place.
  4. Check the bananas daily for ripeness.
Products and flower in brown bags
Products and flower in brown bags © unsplash.com, Archer Fu

Why it works:
The bananas release ethylene gas as they ripen, and enclosing them in a paper bag traps this gas, which accelerates the ripening process. This method can take anywhere from 24 hours to a few days, depending on the initial ripeness of the bananas and the temperature of your room.

2. Use Ripe Fruits

Ripe fruits, like apples or tomatoes, can be your allies in ripening green bananas faster. They emit more ethylene gas than bananas do when they are ripe.

What you'll need:

  • Green bananas
  • Ripe fruits (e.g., apples, tomatoes, avocados)


  1. Place the green bananas in a paper bag or a container with the ripe fruits.
  2. Seal the bag or container to trap the ethylene gas.
  3. Leave it at room temperature.
  4. Check daily for ripeness.
A wicker basket filled with bananas, apples, and oranges
A wicker basket filled with bananas, apples, and oranges © unsplash.com, Ray Shrewsberry

Why it works:
Ripe fruits release ethylene gas, which will speed up the ripening process of the green bananas. The presence of ethylene in the enclosed space will help the bananas turn yellow and sweet.

3. The Oven Method

If you're in a hurry and need ripe bananas in minutes, the oven method is your go-to option. This hack is perfect for those last-minute banana bread cravings.

What you'll need:

  • Green bananas
  • The oven


  1. Preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C).
  2. Place the green bananas, with their peels still on, on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake for about 15-30 minutes or until the peels turn completely black.
  4. Remove from the oven and let them cool before peeling.
Banana on grill
Banana on grill © unsplash.com, Victor Kwashie

Why it works:
The heat from the oven speeds up the ripening process by breaking down the starches in the bananas into sugars. Keep a close eye on them to prevent overcooking, as you want the bananas to be ripe but not overly mushy.

4. The microwave trick

This hack is the fastest way "to ripen" bananas.

What you'll need:

  • Green bananas
  • A microwave


  1. Poke the green banana in several places with a fork.
  2. Put the green banana in the microwave it for two minutes.
Basket with bananas and apples next to the microwave
Basket with bananas and apples next to the microwave © unsplash.com, Lissete Laverde

Why it works:
The banana is heated in the microwave, which speeds up the process of its ripening and softening. The banana will become softer, although a slight greenish taste may still remain.

With these four effective hacks, you'll never have to wait impatiently for your green bananas to ripen. Whether you have a little time or need ripe bananas in a flash, these methods will help you enjoy your favorite fruit at its peak sweetness.


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