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Are Pre-Peeled Bananas Too Wasteful?

Are Pre-Peeled Bananas Too Wasteful?

As many of us struggle to waste as little as possible, one new food packaging product has lots of people confused and frustrated over its seeming lack of common sense. One Austrian grocery store is causing the banana buzz as they have begun selling pre-peeled bananas re-packaged in cellophane sitting atop a foam tray.

Gizmodo’s Andrew Liszewski reports about the packaged fruit that has internet users abuzz over the blatant wastefulness the grocery store has exhibited in this case. Liszewski explains, “One of the reasons bananas have been billed as the world's most perfect food is that they come with their own biodegradable packaging straight off the tree. And it's not like you need a knife or some wacky kitchen contraption to peel them—the skin practically falls off on its own.”

Many grocery stores also package other fruits and vegetables like pre-chopped onions, pre-peeled garlic, carrots, apple slices, etc. But for some reason, the pre-peeled banana has really struck a cord with people who feel the store’s move makes little sense to fruit eaters who can simply peel a banana with their hands (no knife necessary).

What do you think of this grocery store’s move to sell pre-peeled bananas in plastic packaging?

Do you ever purchase pre-peeled or sliced fruits and vegetables at your grocery store?
 

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  • kkc3321 By kkc3321
    10.04.12  

    I do purchase hearty vegetables pre-sliced when i know I am going to be in a pinch (carrots, celery, etc). I also purchase single packets of pre-sliced apples for lunches and snacks, but pre-peeled bananas is a bit silly. First off, they are going to go bad significantly quicker then ones with the peel still on. Second, they are an east fruit to peel and could be done by an adult or child. This is definitely a silly thing and probably comes with a larger price tag!

  • Eheart3 By Eheart3
    10.04.12  

    Never!! Never would i buy these. Come on people peeling the banana is the funniest part

  • Starlynn By Starlynn
    10.05.12  

    what a waste!

  • simbalala By simbalala
    10.05.12  

    Would never buy peeled bananas.

  • dolphin375 By dolphin375
    10.05.12  

    Yes! bananas, like many other fruits come in their own natural wrappers!!! Why would we ever do this? Crazy. It costs more to provide the packaging!

  • jjbsmom By jjbsmom
    10.05.12  

    Pre peeled bannanas? How lazy are we getting as a society? Ithought individually wrapped potatoes and uncrustables were the height of laziness.

  • sandysandmeyer By sandysandmeyer
    10.06.12  

    The added cost for this purchase wouldn't be worth it. What sort of chemical is going to be used on the banana to keep it from browning once exposed to the air. Manufacturing already puts all sorts of unnecessary and dangerous chemicals in our food. Those lovely yellow bananas are already gassed to make them look appealing to you. It's better for you to purchase foods that are tampered with the least.

  • Cloris By Cloris
    10.06.12  

    The idea of someone peeling my bananas, and placing them in non biodegradable containers bothers me.

  • kfrancois By kfrancois
    10.06.12  

    Couldn't buy pre-peeled bananas! What a waste!! I understand sliced apples and say, chunks of watermelon. Peeling a banana isnt even work lol

  • alwaysblabbing By alwaysblabbing
    10.07.12  

    I have brought presliced apples because they are just easier to serve in a hurry. But pre-peeled bannanas is ridiculous. Why would they feel the need to sell this? I couldn't imagine paying more for something that is not inconvenient in the first place.

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