Banana hangers—maybe you’ve seen them around. This one by Nature’s Way is about $6, and it’s a little white plastic stand holding a hook. You stick a bunch of bananas on the hook, so they hang like they’re on a little tree. It’s supposed to keep your bananas riper longer, with no bruises.
But guess what? We did a test side by side. We took a big bunch of bananas and put half on the hanger, and the other half in a bowl. They ripened exactly the same, with no difference at all between the two bunches.
So if you like the way it looks to hang your bananas up, OK, but it’s not affecting the quality of the fruit.
What do you think about banana-specific kitchen gear?