Astounding Revelation

by Gena on July 28, 2009

I interrupt your regularly scheduled Tuesdays for the following astonishment, brought to me by my friend Ben. I (and, quite possibly, you too) have spent my entire life believing that there is only one way to open a banana. I was wrong. Very wrong. Behold, friends:

Who knew? Now you can make that banana soft serve even faster!

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Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) July 28, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Those monkeys are geniuses I tell you! I’m off to go pick nits out of the girls’ hair.


Maria July 28, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Haha! In middle school, my friend showed me how to open a banana the “real way”–by the back end. I forgot how hard it was to open a banana by the stem end ;)


Jenn July 28, 2009 at 3:17 pm

oh my god, his pajama pants actually have monkeys on them.


Shelby July 28, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Though I don’t eat bananas (which I hate since I can’t enjoy your soft serve!!!), that is such a cool trick. I think I learned that a while back but never actually did it.


Daria (Summer of the CSAs) July 28, 2009 at 3:39 pm

I’ve been living a lie!! ;)


Chelsea July 28, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Hi Gena – This is completely off topic and out of the norm for the types of questions you typically answer, but given your profession, I thought you’d be an ideal person to ask for recommendations for summer reading titles. I’m looking for some non-fiction or fiction books with some substance to both entertain and enlighten me during my month long summer break (I’m a teacher.) Have you read any truly great books lately, Gena or anyone? Many thanks!


Grace July 29, 2009 at 8:04 am

Chelsea: I would highly recommend :
The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger. I could hardly put it down!
Also, “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom.
Those are two of my favorites.
I actually catalogue my books at (such a cool tool)
There’s a link to my library list on my website:
Happy Reading! Grace


ashley (sweet & natural) July 28, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Hahaha! I totally love this and will only open bananas from the back end from this day forward.


JB July 28, 2009 at 4:01 pm

good to know considering lately i’ve been making your banana soft serve nearly every morning! it MADE the breakfast i posted about this morning. ahh, it’s soooo good!


Rose July 28, 2009 at 4:06 pm

You have seriously changed my entire life in terms of bananas.


Cindy July 28, 2009 at 4:08 pm

I’ve heard about that…. my nanners are always very ripe and I have no problems peeling the stem away….but how cool is THAT???

fun fun and love the monkey pants!

ps my whole family ADORES banana soft serve. I add a spoonful of cocoa powder and it’s choco banana heaven!
Thank you; from ALL of us!!!!


Chelsea July 28, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Take note of his money pajama pants by the way. :)


Rosey Rebecca July 28, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Haha That’s a great video!! I’ve never opened a banana that way either!! I’ll have to try it!


michelle July 28, 2009 at 4:36 pm

lol he is wearing monkey pjs……hehehehe


leslie July 28, 2009 at 5:23 pm

lol! i can’t wait to attempt this tomorrow morning.


Menden @ Skinny Menny July 28, 2009 at 5:37 pm

This must be making its way around the ‘net, because my boyfriend just showed this to me the other day! And just to think, my whole life I’ve been opening them the opposite way…Also, I wanted to let you know that I shared your banana soft-serve idea with my assistant who is lactose intolerant, and it just may have changed her life :)


Diana (Soap & Chocolate) July 28, 2009 at 6:04 pm

HAHA seriously I have always opened my bananas from the stem! What a good trick to know! I feel like such a dummy!

Oh and let it here be published for all to see that I have eateneth of the raw cashew alfredo and it hath made my belly very happy…eth.


Hangry Pants July 28, 2009 at 6:27 pm

Awesome! I will try it with my next banana. Nice monkey shorts Ben.


Lauren July 28, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Ha! No Way! This blows my mind, I love it!

Thanks so much for enlightening us all, I am sure so many are forever grateful for the amazing offerings you have brought with bananas. :)

You really are changing lives, one banana at a time my dear! :)

Take care sweet girl.


Hayley July 28, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Who’da thunk it?!? You learn something new everyday. :)


Andrea@WellnessNotes July 28, 2009 at 6:41 pm

My dad actually showed me how to open a banana the easy way a few months ago. I’m not sure why he waited almost 40 years… :)


allijag July 28, 2009 at 6:44 pm

LOL – too funny how simple it is – and that most of America does it wrong! :)

Thanks for sharing!!!!


Mary July 28, 2009 at 6:49 pm

hahhaa I love his Monkey Pajamas. I have heard of this technique before but have never actually tried it!


Whitney July 28, 2009 at 6:52 pm

I am astounded! Who knew?


VeggieGirl July 28, 2009 at 7:13 pm

Too cool! :-D


LK- Healthy Delcious July 28, 2009 at 7:49 pm

whaaaat? awesome. i need to go find a banana now.


RunToFinish July 28, 2009 at 8:02 pm

haha I just heard about this the other day, love the video


Laura July 28, 2009 at 9:16 pm

I’ve heard that opening bananas this way eliminates those stringy (sorry, no idea what they are!) things too. I’ve never actually tried it though because I thought it would be more difficult. Now I see that’s not the case! Thanks for sharing, Gena! :)


Caroline July 28, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Crazy! I am SO trying that tomorrow morning.


Jessica July 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm

HAHA! That is soooo awesome. I have to try this!


Veg~Cutie July 28, 2009 at 10:47 pm

Yeah! Haha, I saw this video the other day! I was talking about it with my friends and they just gave me this weird stare… =]


Hanlie July 28, 2009 at 11:51 pm

I tried it and it’s amazingly easy!


Lara (Thinspired) July 29, 2009 at 2:56 am

Wow, thanks for sharing Gena! This is quite helpful! :) Those monkeys certainly know a thing or two! ;)


Margaret July 29, 2009 at 3:41 am

The “monkey way” is the only one I know actually… hmmm weird, but then I’m from Europe so maybe that’s the case haha :P


Cait (Cait's Plate) July 29, 2009 at 4:55 am

HAHAH! I absolutely LOVED this! I love his monkey pants – they go perfectly with what he’s talking about :)

But wow – that’s so funny! I’ve seriously never heard of this!! THANKS BEN! :D


Abby July 29, 2009 at 5:11 am

I have to admit, I felt a little dirty watching that video…
But it’s handy!


Christina July 29, 2009 at 5:46 am

Haha wow – I’m totally trying that way with my next banana!


amanda @ panda lunch July 29, 2009 at 5:55 am

Gena, thank you for sharing this video, I cannot tell you how many bananas I have made mushy while trying to open them, this is great to know!!


elise July 29, 2009 at 6:02 am

wow. who knew? its a sad day when we are learning basic survival tips from monkeys…

and yet, i still cant wait to peel my next banana!


leslie July 29, 2009 at 6:31 am

i wanted to let you know that I tried your soft serve and LOVED IT!

here is my post about it:


Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) July 29, 2009 at 7:00 am

That is awesome! And I especially that he is wearing monkey PJs.


Melissa July 29, 2009 at 8:01 am


What a fun break to a pretty boring Tuesday. I made my husband watch it last night and he tried it out this morning! I am so teaching that my third graders when we return to school in September.


Jill July 29, 2009 at 8:03 am

Oh my gosh, my husband just shared this with me the other day. How ironic. Banana peeling instruction in monkey pajamas – what a way to get your message heard!
lv lv


Bevin July 29, 2009 at 8:32 am

THAT IS THE MOST INCREDIBLE THING I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!! I can’t wait to get a banana and try it!


julie July 29, 2009 at 9:16 am

that’s AWESOME!! hahaha I love it and I’m about to peel my banana that way.


Bianca- Vegan Crunk July 29, 2009 at 10:17 am

Huh! Who knew? I’m gonna have to try that.


Caitlin July 29, 2009 at 12:38 pm

haah love that!


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Damjana July 29, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Hehe, lovely. I’ve always found the monkey method is easier though some of people I know open banana on the opposite side


Dori July 29, 2009 at 3:38 pm

Brilliant. Nice PJs.


Lauren July 29, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Very cool, thanks for sharing!


Kathy (Moving Beyond Perfection) July 29, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Oh my goodness, Gena-this food looks soooo delicious!!! ESPECIALLY your guacamole! I am so impressed – it looks beautiful and it’s definitely making my mouth water! :)


Kathy (Moving Beyond Perfection) July 29, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Oh crap- I think I commented on the wrong post. I meant to comment on the one where you describe how to serve simlpe, delicious raw foods at a dinner party! haha sorry!


Katharina July 29, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Hey I saw this recipe and thought of you. It sounds awesome!


Ready in 5 minutes • Makes 2–4 servings


• 2/3 cup raw, unsalted Brazil nuts
• 6 Medjool dates, pitted
• 1/2 cup water
• 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 20 medium-sized ice cubes


In a blender mix nuts, dates, water and
vanilla. Blend on high until smooth. Add ice
cubes and blend until smooth. Serve


Katharina July 29, 2009 at 7:13 pm

*You can use vanilla bean for the vanilla flavor :)


Olga July 29, 2009 at 8:58 pm

I ALWAYS open my bananas that way…People give me crap for it but I can’t do it from the other side!


GingerRose July 29, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Oh my goodness, I’ve been doing it wrong this whole time! This cracks me up. I had a chance to try it out a couple times to day when my own little monkey demanded some “nanas.” Thanks for sharing!


Emily July 29, 2009 at 9:38 pm

haha omg that is unbelievable that i’ve never even THOUGHT to do it that way!


WholeBodyLove July 29, 2009 at 10:53 pm

How did I never discover this?


Casey July 30, 2009 at 5:16 am

Outdone by a monkey…for some reason I don’t think this is the first time in my life… ;)


Katharina July 30, 2009 at 7:18 am

I opened my banana that way today! Did you know that monkeys also eat their bananas like gentlemen?


Lacey July 30, 2009 at 1:02 pm

I have frozen bananas just to make your banana soft serve. I totally forgot that I put them in the freezer the other day. Now I know what I am going to be having for dessert.


Max July 31, 2009 at 1:37 am

Surprisingly, this is how people open a banana in Iran. The whole country knows how to open a banana properly – something I never knew!


Dawn (foodnfit) July 31, 2009 at 10:32 am

HAHA I saw this the other day! Definitely going to make the soft serve process quicker!


Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) August 1, 2009 at 7:40 am

Who knew? Thanks for sharing Gena! :)


Metta August 1, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Yea, I finally have been able to see the video on my computer (it was visible before for some reason). This is amazing. Can’t wait until my bananas are ripe and I can give it a try.


Emily August 2, 2009 at 10:16 am

SO funny that you would post this because I just heard about this a couple weeks ago! My husband said a woman at work saw some show about it (maybe on Animal Planet?) and said humans open bananas the wrong way! He said she brought in a huge amount that day and the whole day was teaching people how to open them like the monkeys do! LOL! :)


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