Save Overripe Fruit From the Trash With These 8 Brilliant Uses for Them
When you have an abundance of fresh fruit in your fridge, time's a tickin'. That beautiful bushel of bananas can quickly turn into a mound of mush in the blink of an eye.
But don't fret about overripe fruit — just because it gets a little soft and squishy, doesn't mean you can't enjoy it.
Unless fruits are overly mushy, molding, leaking or foul-smelling, most are perfectly palatable and safe to eat when they are overripe, dietitian and chef Julie Harrington, RD, tells Well
In fact, in addition to tasting sweeter, overripe fruits also offer some sweet health benefits.
"Compared to their underripe counterparts, ripened fruits tend to have higher levels of antioxidants, which help strengthen our immune systems and ward off viruses and the common cold," Harrington says.
So, when your fruits have passed their prime, try these eight creative ways to put them to good use that don't involve baking cobbler or tired banana bread.