5 Uses for Bananas and Peels
If you hate wasting food and throwing away valuable materials, think twice before you throw away those old bananas. There are many ways you can use up the fruit and also the peels from making a simple jam to potassium rich fertilizers. With a little ingenuity and patience you can create some very useful products of your own. Here are 5 ideas to get you started;
Banana Jam is a simple recipe that brings back a sense of modesty to the kitchen and will soon become a family favourite. This easy-to-grab goody can be piled on crackers, paired with pancakes or even tipped onto toast. Whether you use store bought bananas or grow your own, they can often be left in the bowl or accidentally forgotten. The quick ripening and bruising often results in the bananas being thrown away. Bananas are a great source of potassium and preserving them in the form of jam means that they will last weeks longer. So, if you hate seeing food go to waste, banana jam offers a great alternative. Banana jam makes a high energy snack that is great before workouts or for people on the move.
Birds absolutely love bananas and making a simple bird feeder from recycled materials is a great way to attract them. Its a wonderful feeling to be at one with nature and give a little back. Some birds are even responsible for weed control and pollination of certain plants. They also play a small part in pest control and add to the ambiance of the garden environment.
3.Banana Compost Tea
Banana peel makes and excellent compost tea that is rich in minerals and nutrients that your hungry plants yearn for. The process of creating compost tea also encourages the growth of microorganisms that are beneficial to the soil quality and they even help to deter bugs. Applied directly to the soil it will promote the production of flowers and fruits. Sprayed on the leaves it will help to deter aphids. Here is a short list of plants that love potassium;
4. General Purpose Fertilizer (banana peel)
Dried banana peels make a great general purpose fertilizer when paired with ground egg shells or used coffee grounds. Banana peel contains manganese, a nutrient involved in photosynthesis, magnesium which plays a part in the production of chlorophyll and calcium, essential in the absorption of nitrogen. Egg shells contain phosphorus and other micro nutrients responsible for plant health.
5. Pot Fillers (dried banana peel)
The basic idea behind pot fillers is to help not only create drainage, but to create air flow around the roots. As the natural material gradually breaks down it will help retain moisture and provide slow release nutrients to the soil. Using a pot filler also helps to reduce the weight of the pot or container and cut down on the amount of soil used.
*Let us know what you do with your bananas and share your thoughts in the comment section below.