Banana Skin As “Meat”?
According to food blogger Melissa Copeland, aka The Stingy Vegan, the skin is completely edible - although not as rich in potassium as a banana, the peel contains vitamin B6, B12, magnesium and potassium, and is a source of fibre.
To prove it she shared a video on her blog demonstrating how to use it to make the perfect "pulled pork" sandwich.
As she says, "You are probably just as sceptical as I was about banana peels so let me put your mind at rest: no, they are not bitter and no it doesn't taste like banana. The trick is to choose bananas that are not quite ripe yet as the peels are firmer and thicker, and scrape out the white skin part from the inside."
Then she demonstrates shredding the skin with a fork before mixing it with olive oil and spices and frying it in water and BBQ sauce.
Copeland then serves the creation in a seeded bun with coleslaw on top, to make it look the part.
It turns out she isn't the first to try the wacky offering either: Fellow food bloggers note they also use banana peel in fishless fishcakes, faux meatballs and even to make bacon.