Eating Overripe Bananas


Our love for banana lead us to a ridiculous innovation. Whenever we had, we check it very open until ripe. To be more specific, we often check it until 90% yellow. Its flesh was still hard and taste a bit astringent. What we do next was rolling it hardly in between hands until soft. Then, it was ready to eat but the astringent taste is still there. It was a contest, so taste doesn’t matter.

We never do that thing anymore. We never eat unless fully ripe and sweet. Sometimes it got overripe and never got eaten. A feast for plant roots.

Yellow bright colored bananas looks pleasant to eyes and seems very delectable. It is often the customers choice. Other that looks overripe and with brown freckles are left on stall. Merchants sometime need to lower selling price to avoid losses. The dilemma of perishable goods.

I remember my professor’s story. During rambutan season, she is choosing overripe looking rambutan, with the soft thorns getting wilted brown. The appearance looks bad but the flesh is perfectly fine.

The same is true with overripe bananas. The outside appearance may not look well but the internal flesh is perfectly fine. Numerous brown spots signal the presence of Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF), it fights cancerous tumors. Plus, it was found out to have high amount of antioxidants, vitamins and other nutrients.

So what we did before was wrong. Bananas should reach overripe stage before consumption, but not to point of inedible.


Brown spots never always mean positive. If the brown spots are present on green stage. Then it is probably sign of disease. Anthracnose maybe present on young banana and causing premature ripening.

Another event that may cause brown spots is refrigeration. It only affects the peels usually.


This article contradicts my previous post “Banana Brown Spots Fight Cancer?” and Banana Peels, Brown Spots, Lutein, Serotonin and Cancer.

34.78 Tons Bananas Gone as Compost

Getting product reject is one of the worse case that might happen. Well, it cannot be helped. Even after all the careful and strict practices, substandard products can only be minimized but not avoided.

If the product under reject status simply does not comform to specifications and no threat to human health. Then, it can be brought back to plant for reprocessing. It is the routine. There is additional processing and transportation cost, but at least, the product is recovered.

It is the case when produce is still in facility or distributed in local. However, it is a completely different story when it is exported abroad. Seminar resource persons often told, when Japan found the imported product is substandard, the whole shipment will be immediately dump to sea. No negotiation and without prior notice. You have just lost a hefty amount of cash. Need to work extra hard to recover. posted on March 26, 2016. About 34.78 tons substandard bananas where destroyed and dumped to landfill in Shenzen City, China. Poor bananas, gone as compost.

Why it was declared as substandard? Test samples was found to have excessive pesticide residue, carbendazim. No exact value was reported. Maybe not all babanas were substandard, but testing batch majority is not industry practice. If one sample is found bad, the whole cargo will be considered bad. It is like a white bond paper with dot on middle. Not every part is dirty but a single dot makes it unclean as a whole.

Carbendazim is a fungicide with many recorded recored health effects. Listing them all here will create a wall of text even I don’t want to read. The maximum pesticide residue limit (MPRL) is 0.1 to 0.7 mg/kg. Use in some countries is unlawful.

The shipment amounted to 33 thoudand USD or a little more than 1.5 million pesos. That was a lot of cost to recover.

Banana Brown Spots Fight Cancer?


Let me guess! This what you are doing whenever you have ripe bananas. You let it ripe to the fullest until you can see numerous brown spots on peel surface. You believe, the more spots it has the more anti-cancer properties it possess. Why is that? Because you saw it on you favorite wall!

I did few days of intermittent reading about it and found out all different posts and claims point to results of Japanese researchers Haruyo Iwasawa and Masatoshi YamazaKi:

Differences in Biological Response Modifier-like Activities According to the Strain and Maturity of Bananas

There are no conclusive facts that it fight cancer. Yes it has antioxidant substances that increase as it ripen. But, those are not necessarily and specifically anti-cancer. Their conclusion was broad and suggestive. They didn’t even mention it in discussion of results.

In Introduction – phytochemicals have been shown to play various roles in protecting the body from diseases — anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory anti-allergic and anti-cancer effects.

I’m sure all fruits and vegetables have phytochemicals. So if eating overripe bananas can help you fight cancer and other diseases, then others can do the same too.

In my opinion. It is okay to let bananas go overripe but don’t let it go to the point of near spoilage. Start eating a hand when it is ready and you’ll find some are overripe before end. Start eating a hand when overripe and you’ll be forced to consume it all in one go.

update: Eating Overripe Bananas

Banana Lakatan Hotcake

Yet another yummy recipe I prepared this afternoon. Hotcake is a good and easy to prepare merienda. However, it has a plane boring flavor. Repetitive preparations makes it more boring.  I was thinking what ingredient could I use to make it more exciting. It so happened I saw a hand of ripe lakatan banana. Voila! my kids love banana. Using this as ingredient will surely make hotcake not only taste better but will also make it healthier and save my kids from boredom.

banana lakatan hotcakeHere is my short and easy recipe. Try it!


1 box Maya the original hotcake mix 200 grams
1 medium size egg
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 cup water
5 lakatan banana, slices

Cooking Procedure:

In a mixing bowl, beat one egg lightly. Add in oil and water. Add hotcake mix and lakatan banana. Stir until slightly lumpy. Do not over mix. In a pan, pour cooking oil or batter and heat. Scoop one or two spoons and fry until bubbly. Turn to cook the other side. Repeat for the rest of ingredients. Serve hot with syrup or butter.

Saba Banana Fritters, Maruya


10 banana saba, slices
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 spoon powdered milk
1 egg
1/2 cups water

Cooking Procedures:

Peel banana saba and slice thinly. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, pour flour and sugar. Mix well. Add baking powder, egg and water. Mix thoroughly. Then add the banana saba slices and stir. In a pan, heat cooking oil. Scoop 1/2 cup of banana mixtures to the hot cooking oil and make it circle shape. Deep fry until golden brown. Continue frying for the rest of ingredients. Sprinkle on a sugar. Ready to Serve. Eat it up!

saba banana fritters

Rolled Banana and Veggies


15 pcs banana saba, ripe
1 potato, cubes
1 carrot, cubes
1/2 kilo tahong, unshelled
1/2 cup malunggay leaves
1 bulb onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
ground pepper
salt to taste
cooking oil
aluminum foil or young banana leaves

Cooking Instructions:

Heat cooking oil in a pan. Saute garlic and onion. Add tahong, potato and carrots. Mix thoroughly. Season with pepper and salt to taste. Simmer for five minutes. Add malunggay leaves. Cover the pan. Cool and drain. Fry hotdog and set aside. Mash  banana saba. Flatten it on aluminum foil. Place hotdog and add with sauteed tahong, potato, carrots and malunggay leaves. Roll aluminum foil or banana leaves with the mashed banana saba. Steam for one hour. Serve hot.

rolled banana veggies