The Correct Way to Peel a Banana

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Feb. 27 2014 3:27 PM

The Correct Way to Peel a Banana

Step 1: Turn over the banana.

Don’t be alarmed, but everything you know about banana peeling is probably a lie.

When we came across this tutorial recently, it made us a little sad. The featured peeler’s method is correct, but had he been a loyal Slate reader, he could have saved himself years of hardship. As discussed in our 2002 piece on the subject, peeling bananas top-first is a primitive habit that needs to be corrected immediately. Monkeys peel bananas from the bottom, and you should too.

The process is simple: Flip the banana upside down, pinch the bottom until the peel splits, and then—voila—you’re ready to remove the peel. See the video above, and let's never speak of this again. 

A.J. McCarthy is a Slate Video blogger.

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