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What Do You Do With Overly Ripe Fruit?

June 6th, 2011 · 5 Comments ·


When I opened my fridge and saw the overly ripe banana, just about I wanted to throw it away, my friend stopped me.  “Don’t you know you can make a smoothie using this banana?”

I was stunned.

Yeah, too often I tend to buy too much fruits, including banana, kiwi or papaya.  They get overly ripe before I finish them.  Now, with food prices climbing higher, it is more costly (and irresponsible too) to toss these fruit into thrash bin.

Here are few tips to handle overly ripe fruit from my friend:

  • As fruit ripens, its natural flavors deepen, flesh feels softer and taste sweeter.  So, peel these about-to-spoil fruit like bananas, peaches, melons, plums or kiwis.  Place them in freezer bag.  When you are ready to make a smoothie for snack, you can just take them all.  These fruit may taste less sweet, but since overly ripe fruit is already extra sweet, your smoothie will still taste good.
  • As for orange, you can cut them and store them in the freezer bag too to save it as a cool treat on a hot day.
  • Apples can be stewed and served with cinnamon or used in muffins.
  • Grapes can be frozen and enjoyed later as a cold snack.
  • Some people use these overly fruit to make ice cream or sauce.

How about you, what do you do with overly ripe fruit?


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  • Zul // Jun 6, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    I also learned you can make pure ice cream with banana. It does not say ripe bananas are most suited, but in case we have surplus, why not store them in the freezer for later use. I have not try it though.

  • VS // Jun 6, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    I used it for pancakes or to go with my yoghurt.
    Apple & walnut pancake is my favorite.

    The taste of over riped fruits can be rather sweet, goes well with the sourness of plain white yoghurt :)

    When I was a kid and there are overload of bananas (we planted them & once it gets ripe on hot weather), we even store it at the freezer as our “type” of banana popsicle/ice cream. It was our 1st time being creative with food & getting “brain freeze”! But it’s cheap! :)

    As for those local fruits like papaya, ciku & etc. we usually turn them into natural fertilizer or let the birds/animals eat them up.

    My friends used them for making jam and even BBQ sauce, foot & face facials.

    I’ve read about it being used as ‘natural cleansing agent’ fruit enzyme but never tried it.

    But I’ve tried using over ripe citrus fruits e.g. lemon, tangerines to scrub off oily kitchen wares & it’s great!.

  • Toc // Jun 7, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    I find that the overly ripe fruit makes better shakes and smoothies as the sharper taste cuts through the other additions such as the sweetness of the yoghurt.

  • Jason // Jun 9, 2011 at 6:28 AM

    Ripe bananas make the best soothes. They get much sweeter the more they ripen.

    I have found that some fruit freezes well while others do not. Like pineapple, and grapes, both of these are great for the freezer.

    What I do with other fruit just before it goes bad is to but it all in a blender and make myself a smoothie.

  • Aaron // Jun 13, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    My favorite use for over ripe bananas is banana bread. The only other fruit that lasts long enough in my house to get old is grapefruit. I don’t have any use for old grapefruit :(

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