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How do you stop bananas from ripening too quickly?

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To keep bananas from ripening too quickly, put them in the refrigerator or separate them from the bunch and wrap the end with plastic cling wrap. Wrapping the end of a bunch may also work, but may make it difficult to seal off holes.

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The peels of bananas placed in the refrigerator may brown, but the fruit will stay fresher longer. Bananas ripen because the starch is converting to sugar making a riper, sweeter banana.

Once past the ripening stage, the bananas begin to brown. The stems release ethylene gas, which seeps into the other parts of the fruit and changes its color.

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