Banana Teardown

Teardown

Teardown

Teardowns provide a look inside a device and should not be used as disassembly instructions.

Member-Contributed Guide

Member-Contributed Guide

An awesome member of our community made this guide. It is not managed by iFixit staff.

In this teardown, we open a banana to see what's inside. Yellow and delicious, but most importantly, yellow.

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Edit Step 1 Banana Teardown  ¶ 

  • Take one banana from the bunch.

  • Don't squeeze too hard!

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Hold the banana in your left hand and grip the stem between your right thumb and forefinger.

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  • Pull the stem downward until the peel splits.

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  • Insert your thumbs into the split of the peel and pull the two sides apart.

  • Expose the top of the banana. It may be slightly squished from pulling on the stem, but this will not affect the flavor.

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  • Pull open the peel, starting from your original split, and opening it along the length of the banana.

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Remove fruit from peel.

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Eat and enjoy!

  • This is where you'll need your teeth.

  • Do not choke on banana!

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Wow! Can't wait for you to cover the orange. I just saw one in the store yesterday.

bass0, · Reply

Sorry it took us so long, but we got to it! Check out the Orange Teardown!

Andrew Optimus Goldberg,

haha some years later...

walkin mn,

Where can I get spares for this?

By the way, that's not how it's generally accepted for the teardown to go. They way you've done it will invalidate the warranty - it's supposed to be opened from the end first...

tearmeister, · Reply

What is the usual warrantee of a banana beacause i bought one when it was still green and then i went on holiday. but now its brown and it has leaked all over the table. where could i send it in for repairs?

AlexSA90, · Reply

bravo sb

ganfan, · Reply

I would like to suggest (as an alternative to step 5) not peeling the entire banana. Reason being is that the peel can actually work as protection from contaminants that may reside upon your hands and also it will protect the hands from becoming gummy from the fruit.

Peel as required until the tasty goodness has been consumed!

Tim, · Reply

There is an alternative method that can be deployed to remove the casing (aka Skin) from a banana...

- Grip the banana so that the end formerly attached to the tree is facing downwards and the blunt end is upper-most.

- You'll note that the bend has a squarish profile. Using the thumb and forfinger of each hand, grip the end of the banana so that each digit is on one of the 'faces' of the square.

- Simply squeeze slightly and pull apart to remove the, err, casing.

Jon, · Reply

Hahaha Seriously!? you really actually did it! I thought this was a joke!

Just 1 question, once I open the Banana from its original packaging,

Does that void the warranty or may I still exchange it for a one of equal specs?

The Chad, · Reply

Do you have a parts list available in case we break something during disassembly?

Eleventeen, · Reply

Quote from Eleventeen:

Do you have a parts list available in case we break something during disassembly?

1. Banana exterior case.

2. Banana interior phloem bundles.

3. Banana interior edible portion.

4. Banana EMI shield (only some models).

Miroslav Djuric, · Reply

You forgot to be sure that the banana is not rotten or unripe. If it is unripe (when the exterior case is green) its flavor will be of lower quality and somewhat sour. If it is rotten (when the exterior case is brown or black and the unit has an odd odor) it may explode or leak and cause personal injury as well as damage to your banana unit.

Username, · Reply

Be carrefull : a banana can be a weapon. As seen on

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piWCBOsJr...

:+)

paddy, · Reply

Please can you attach in detail how to "Take one banana from the bunch." cannot follow the rest of the tutorial until i get past this tricky step, sorry for my noob question. Also does the bunch switch need to be in the on or off position???

calicojack, · Reply

if you start the process at the non-stem end, it gives you a useful handle for keeping your hands clean while eating the banana and makes cleanup a breeze!

keener31, · Reply

This is clever, but I've found it more effective to simply pinch the non-stem end of a banana between two fingers. It easily breaks and lets you peel back the banana, retaining the stem (like keener31).

mbishop, · Reply

Quote from mbishop:

This is clever, but I've found it more effective to simply pinch the non-stem end of a banana between two fingers. It easily breaks and lets you peel back the banana, retaining the stem (like keener31).

I tried this today, and it worked great except that when I got to the end, about 1/3 of the banana fell on the floor. Luckily, it was still edible. I'll have to perfect my technique.

Sterling Hirsh, · Reply

You really ought to mention that this invalidates the warranty.

jdf, · Reply

Quote from keener31:

if you start the process at the non-stem end, it gives you a useful handle for keeping your hands clean while eating the banana and makes cleanup a breeze!

This is the way I've preferred to use a banana for about 15 yrs .. mess free (unless the end is going brown)

dvsboy, · Reply

I prefer to use a thumbnail to break the skin on the inside curve of the banana, just below where the stem meets the top. Aids in access to the internals, but sadly leaves noticeable marking on the outer case.

hexapodium, · Reply

i hate to be a snob, but this is actually NOT the correct way to open a banana case. if you peel from the other end, NOT the stem, you eliminate that weird brown nub at the end, and you don't get those starchy strings that hang off.

yes, im being serious. try it.

h4ck, · Reply

monkeys worked out it was easier to start at the other end millions of years ago...

techydude, · Reply

Quote from techydude:

monkeys worked out it was easier to start at the other end millions of years ago...

LOL. Funny but true.

snickers, · Reply

Quote from mbishop:

This is clever, but I've found it more effective to simply pinch the non-stem end of a banana between two fingers. It easily breaks and lets you peel back the banana, retaining the stem (like keener31).

+1

Sammy, · Reply

If you are left-handed, should you just reverse the hands in this step? Or is there a reason to do it right-handed?

Arroway NP, · Reply

No no no.

You pull the stem backwards.

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As hexapodium suggested, sometimes it helps to make a scratch with your thumbnail just below the stem (on the inside of the curve) to ensure it splits there, but this is not always necessary.

mamoulian, · Reply

Dude, you're doing it wrong. It's way easier to open from the other end. No danger of mushing the tip.

Sammy Mazola Jr, · Reply

Explain your methods for avoiding that strange spike going into the base of the banana. Is there any way to maximize the amount of this weird-looking thing that is removed?

oblivio92, · Reply

Quote from oblivio92:

Explain your methods for avoiding that strange spike going into the base of the banana. Is there any way to maximize the amount of this weird-looking thing that is removed?

I just bend it off. When you pull it to the side, it pops off.

Sterling Hirsh, · Reply

Although removing the entire banana is great when you are going to use the entire banana for something else (like in a smoothie), for good ol' banana eating, some may prefer to peel back the peel in separate strips as you go along, using the unpeeled part below as a handle.

http://chidiet.com/images3/banana1.jpg

When done properly, one's hands never have to even touch the fruit inside. Good for times on the go when washing your hands before eating is not an option.

nylund, · Reply

do you have any cue concerning re-assembly?

00F, · Reply

Quote from oblivio92:

Explain your methods for avoiding that strange spike going into the base of the banana. Is there any way to maximize the amount of this weird-looking thing that is removed?

Just eat it, it won't hurt you any, and it saves valuable time if you're hungry. ;)

Andrew Reyburn, · Reply

You forgot the coolest part of a banana tear down. Before eating but after peeling, press your fingers, gently but firmly all around the top of the banana until the top begins to split into 3 parts lengthwise. You can then either stick your finger gently in the split and work it slowly down the length of the banana, or continue massaging the banana as you move down its length. Eventually you will be able to separate the banana into 3 long pieces. Now you can make a banana split or have 3 equal pieces to share with 2 friends. Sorry, no pics cause we ate the banana.

bdmccaig, · Reply

I had trouble re-assembling my banana after following these directions. Does anyone have directions on how to do so? I tried following the steps in the reverse order, but with the missing piece (1xFruit), it seems impossible.

I really don't want to have to buy a replacement banana...

DarkElf109, · Reply

Re-assembling the banana requires a technique demonstrated in this video: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=...

Vince,

how i can reassemble the device??? jajajajajaja

Nummael, · Reply

This may have been mentioned already, but the easiest way I know of is to grip both ends and pull. This only works with bananas that are slightly ripe to ripe, not over ripe. This is the way primates eat them as well.

Don Crowson, · Reply

Chefs call this "fingering the banana".

Quote from bdmccaig:

You forgot the coolest part of a banana tear down. Before eating but after peeling, press your fingers, gently but firmly all around the top of the banana until the top begins to split into 3 parts lengthwise. You can then either stick your finger gently in the split and work it slowly down the length of the banana, or continue massaging the banana as you move down its length. Eventually you will be able to separate the banana into 3 long pieces. Now you can make a banana split or have 3 equal pieces to share with 2 friends. Sorry, no pics cause we ate the banana.

webcellar, · Reply

A banana's ambition in life is to propagate the banana species. This ambition can be frustrated by steps 1 through 6 but even after removing the peel, the banana may still reach it's intentional goal. However, step 7 will structurally and chemically devastate the banana. In other words: step 7 is extremely hurtful to the innocent fruit!

Vince, · Reply

Which is why once exposed, You should- Eat it Quick!

The Chad,

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