Image by Peggy Choucair, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0, through Pixabay demonstrating why bananas should not be refrigerated When placed in the refrigerator, bananas are subjected to a severe cold shock, which causes them to quickly turn brown. The discoloration of the peel is caused by the damaged cell tissue.
- Bananas are grown in warmer climes, therefore they are used to being exposed to cold.
- The enzymes that allow them to mature can be stopped from working if they are kept at a temperature that is too chilly.
- And when certain enzymes lose their ability to function, other enzymes are able to do their jobs more effectively.
- Some of these, known as browning enzymes, are responsible for the darkening of the skin, while others cause harm to the cells.
Should bananas be stored in the refrigerator?
However, this is visibly disrupted when bananas are stored in a refrigerator, which is not their natural environment. They also have the potential to turn black. According to My Recipes, even if you decide to take the bananas out of the fridge later and leave them at room temperature, they may not be able to restart the ripening process.