How to Eat a Banana Like a Monkey


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The actual eating isn't too different from humans. The real magic is in how monkeys peel their banana to get at the goodness inside.

Bananas are delicious and work like a charm in pancakes, but odds are you're peeling them the way that you've been taught and never thought about it. So let's do it like the experts: monkeys.

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Step 1: Get a Banana

This part is easy and open to some choice. This banana is nice and evenly yellow. I like mine to have more brown on the outside while others insist on there being a little green. Hey, it's your banana, I'm just here to tell you about peeling it.

Step 2: Identify the Top of the Banana

Bananas grow in bunches pointing up with the stems on the bottom. The other side is really the top.

Step 3: Pinch the Top

Get a nice firm pinch on the top of the banana. You might get a bit of smooshed banana goop on your fingers, but with practice you can do it cleanly.

Besides, the banana goop tastes good. Lick it off your fingers!

Step 4: Peel

So you've pinched and gotten a good hold on some part of the peel. Great! Now pull it!

Step 5: Repeat

Peel two or three more times and you'll have a beautiful banana to behold and eat.

Step 6: Eat!

This banana was huge so I shared some of it with Mitch, who was helping me out by taking pictures.

Mmm... banana.

Step 7: The Beauty of It All

With the stem still intact you have a natural handle for the banana. There's no fumbling or trying to get the last bit out, it just happens easily and naturally.

So toss the peel in the compost and get on with your day a little happier that you just had a banana and you feel awesome!!

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    ChrisS844

    2 years ago

    this is how real monkeys eat their bananas!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaHaTJ_kqQc

    Yeah although you could quite convincingly argue that they have a lot more to learn from us.

    Like language, writing, network routing...

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    GRUBDUDESpiroExDeus

    Reply 2 years ago

    Electrical engineering, opera singing, egg rolls.

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    gben101

    3 years ago

    And the reason we DON'T eat a banana like a monkey is because STEP 8: Eat the Banana Peel......

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    ndouglas303

    4 years ago

    Your awesome fungus amungus!

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    Dutch Houston

    4 years ago

    I've been eating bananas that way for years and I always get weird looks.
    VINDICATED!!

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    mandiecb

    6 years ago on Introduction

    This is the only way I've ever known to peel a banana...didn't know there was any other way!

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    benderbrasil

    7 years ago on Introduction

    guy here in Brazil everyone eats bananas as well without needing any instructable. make this instructable for me was a waste of time because everyone knows eating bananas as well.

    2 replies

    Americans haven't been having a problem eating them either. I put this up because most people here eat them by opening from the other end.

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    palmtree2C

    7 years ago on Introduction

    I read in a magazine I think it was Wierd and that ripe bananas glow under a black light and that the peel can be used to filter water. I don't remember if they said what it filtered out. ??????

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    batonas

    8 years ago on Introduction

    not every people are smart as a monkey to figure out this one.

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    patriots8888

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Do you think monkeys teach monkeys how to eat a banana like a human O.o im jk


    good istructable 5*

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    your dog

    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is actually a great way to eat a banana. I have been eating them this way for years. It also doesn't bruise as easily this way!

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    aradi

    8 years ago on Step 3

    Some times monkeys open the banana peel with their mouth