When it comes to bananas, there’s a valuable part we often discard without realizing its potential for our homes. Here’s what you should never throw away.


Bananas, available throughout the year and cherished for their potassium content, have secured a permanent spot in our homes. Originating from tropical regions, these fruits have become a staple in Italian households, even making appearances in still life paintings due to their distinctive shape.

Bananas: this is why you should never throw everything away

Bananas come in various types, including the familiar yellow and green varieties, with experts recommending consumption at a medium ripeness. There are also less common types, such as light blue bananas, known for their vanilla flavor, although they are seldom found in Italy. In recent times, red bananas have made an appearance, offering a sweeter taste at a higher cost.

Bananas: what are some parts of them for?

Despite being a favorite among children, thanks to the Minions characters from Despicable Me, many are unaware that throwing away the banana peel means wasting something valuable that can be utilized at home.

Bananas: what are some parts of them for?

A little-known secret involves repurposing the rigid part at the end of the banana that holds all the fruits together. After peeling the banana, allow this part to dry by cutting the stalk, opening it, and exposing the fibers inside to the sun for a few hours.

Bananas: what are some parts of them for?

The result is a collection of banana fibers that can serve as an excellent fertilizer for your plants when placed in the soil within the pot. These fibers not only provide moisture to the plants but also impart the intrinsic properties contained within the banana fibers, strengthening and invigorating the plants when in contact with water and soil. By adopting this method, your plants will thrive, benefiting from the natural goodness of banana fibers.