Super Special Bananas





Introduction: Super Special Bananas

Bananas are an awesome source of potassium and other vitamins, but they aren't everyone's favorite lunchtime treat. Inscribing the skins (without any markers or pens!) and magically pre-slicing them before packing them up alongside the peanut butter and jelly helps ensure that they'll get eaten, and that they'll make someone feel extra special.

You'll Need. . .
  • Banana - try to pick ones with even-toned skins that haven't been bruised much and aren't too dark (dark spots will make your messages harder to read)
  • A toothpick
  • A straight pin or sewing needle
How To
  1. Decide what you'd like your extra-special message to be
  2. Using your toothpick, etch the message into the skin. You don't want to break the surface of the skin or puncture the fruit, but you should be able to see a slight indentation where you've written
  3. Wait 5-10 minutes for your message to magically appear1
  4. Gently insert the pin or needle through the skin of the banana. It's best to pick a point where there is already a brown spot to help hide the evidence
  5. Move the pin back and forth through the fruit inside, but be careful not to break through the skin
  6. Repeat the process in a few other spots along the banana to make several slices
  7. Pack up the awesomely inscribed and pre-sliced banana with the rest of the brown-bag goodies!2

1Nerdy Note: How does it work? Banana peels can be used to help make bruises fade more quickly, but they also get bruised pretty easily. Keeping bananas in a cold place (like the freezer if you're getting ready to make banana bread) results in "chilling injury" and can make them brown up, but so can getting bumped around. By writing on the surface of the peel, you're actually damaging some of the cells, which then turn brown (also called "skin abrasions").
2The best way to open a banana is just how chimpanzees and other non-human primates do - from the stubby end instead of the long-stemmed end. Give it a shot!



    • Science of Cooking

      Science of Cooking
    • Microcontroller Contest

      Microcontroller Contest
    • Spotless Contest

      Spotless Contest

    We have a be nice policy.
    Please be positive and constructive.




    This is such a lovely and fun way to cheer someone's day up! :)

    And: Have a splendorous day!

    That sounds like the perfect banana message to me :)

    Good idea. You are really particular!

    Thanks so much - and I most certainly am :)

    I am bored! Wished I had a banana!

    Pretty snazzy! I thought that you had used a marker to do this. Then I noticed that was not the case. I guess the writing shows up because of the bruising? Anyway pretty cool ible! Thanks for sharing.