Your favorite snack brings sweet tropical flavor to sauces, side dishes, and, of course, dessert.
Grown in the tropics year-round, bananas never go out of season—but they aren't going to waste, either: Americans eat more
of them than any other fruit. So we got inspired by your No. 1 snack, and transformed it in these recipes, using it in classics—see
our take on the ultimate smoothie—as well as in curveball ways: bananas + lime + a few more tasty ingredients = a sensational
zesty salsa to serve with seafood.
We've included everything you need to know about the fun fruit, from how to slow down (or speed up!) ripening to why the inner peel is priceless to your Pradas. Consider this your complete banana guide.
Seasoned rice vinegar adds sweetness with low acidity. Find it in the international section of your market, or substitute
apple cider vinegar and a pinch of sugar.
Recipe: Banana Waldorf Salad
Stir in 2 cups grilled and chopped chicken, and then chill the mixture to turn this flavorful side dish into a hearty salad.
Recipe: Coconut-Curry Bananas and Rice
Keep a stash of frozen bananas—they're great in smoothies because they add flavor and body.
Recipe: Banana Berry Smoothie
Bitters aren't just for cocktails. Here, they add unique flavor and aroma to a classic dessert.
Recipe: Banana Crumble
To add extra flavor to the fish, brush with olive oil, and sprinkle lightly with salt, black pepper, and ground cumin before
Recipe: Grilled Seafood with Banana-Lime Salsa
Browning the butter adds a rich, nutty flavor to the sauce, but it's tricky to see in a dark, coated skillet. Use a stainless
steel skillet to make sure the butter reaches a golden-brown hue without burning.
Recipe: Browned Butter Bananas with Toasted Pecans
These cupcakes will have a richer flavor if you toast the nuts before baking. Spread them in a single layer in a jelly-roll
pan, and bake at 350° for 5 to 8 minutes. Check frequently, because they burn easily.
Recipe: Tropical Banana Cupcakes