“ Brand: Lakeland / Misc House Type: Storage „
I bought this from Lakeland several years ago now and I really like it.
Bananas should not be kept in a fruit bowl with other fruit and so this would mean that we would leave our bananas on the kitchen side beside the bowl. I found that they would often get bashed and would ripen really quickly. I read that these banana trees help to keep bananas from ripening too quickly so I bought one from Lakeland.
The tree doesn't take up much room on my kitchen surface so it saves me space as the bananas on their own would take up more room. It is very stylish as it's metal and shaped nicely. It doesn't take up much room and it isn't intrusive so it fits in any kitchen.
You hang your bananas from the hook at the top and it helps to keep them fresh and not ripen too quickly.
I have found that it is true- these trees do actually work! My bananas do not ripen as fast as they used to but the main reason why I like it is that it looks much better to have my bananas hanging from here rather than just lying on a work surface getting in the way.
The only problem I find is if you have a large bunch it is quite hard to get them onto the hook and this can be a little frustrating but aside from that it is fine. It does work, it doesn't get in my way and I like how simple it is. It gets 5 stars from me.
WHAT IS IT?
A stand to hold your bananas.
The banana stand is about 10 inches tall and is chrome. It is an upright frame with a hook at the top, the hook sticks out so you can hang a bunch of four big bananas or six little ones. It looks stylish and will suit most kitchens.
WHY DO YOU NEED ONE?
If you store bananas with other fruit they cause a reaction that makes the other fruit over ripen. You can buy fruit bowls that have a built in banana hook but I didn't like the design of those so have got separate ones.
WHAT I THINK
This has not been used as much as I thought because it is not very stable and has tipped over before. Also I buy more bananas than it will hold so instead of buying a second I started putting the ones that didn't fit on the worktop and now I usually keep all my bananas on there instead of taking the trouble to split them and balance them on the stand.
The bottom part has got a few very tiny spots of rust even though it is never near water but you can't see this and the rest of the stand is still sparkling and only needs washing very rarely. The bottom of the hook where the bananas hang it gets dirty because of the contact with the banana skin.
I think the base needs to be heavier than it is because it is very wobbly and that gets worse the more bananas you put on. It looks nice when the bananas are fresh and yellow but when they ripen and develop black parts they don't look so good on display.
This Banana Stand costs £6.99 from Lakeland.
2 Dooyoo Stars.
My Lakeland Banana Tree is slightly different to the one in the picture Dooyoo are showing.
Fruit is something we always have in our house and lots of it. Both my husband and myself eat a lot of fresh fruit and now my baby son has started having fruit puree too which I like to make myself rather than rely totally on jars and packets.
A banana tree is not something I have ever thought about getting, I know they allow bananas to ripen naturally and prevent gases from them ruining other fruit in the bowl, but to be honest the fruit in our house never lasts long enough to go off. We were actually given this Lakeland Banana Tree by my husbands Grandma who had herself been given it and didn't have any use for it.
The Lakeland Banana Tree obviously is from Lakeland either online or in store, it costs £6.99 which in my opinion is quite expensive for what it actually is.
The banana tree is made from chrome and sits 10 inches high, basically it looks like one piece of thin round shiny metal curled around to form a base and then stretched up into a slight curve with a little hook o the end, it always reminds me of snake charming. To use the banana tree you simply hook your bunch of bananas over the little chrome hook.
The first time I used the tree I found my bunch of bananas were too heavy making it slightly unstable, I did manage to get it to stand and as we go through fruit pretty quickly some of the bananas were soon eaten and the tree was stable. I found 4 maybe 5 bananas was the best amount to hang on there at once but as I buy more than that when I shop it seemed a bit pointless, I would either have to shop for the fruit twice or lay half my bananas in the fruit bowl anyway.
Another little thing that annoyed me with the banana tree was once you only have one banana left it wont hang on the tree you need at least 2 pieces of fruit to use it.
Washing the chrome banana tree is no problem I simple washed it with warm soapy water.
Personally I didn't find it practical to use and I cant say I noticed any difference in the bananas or the fruit in the bowl. I did quite like the look of the tree, its quite stylish and fits well in a modern kitchen, however if you don't have very much work space then its just something else to clutter up the surfaces.
All in all I didn't really like using the Lakeland Chrome Banana Tree and its now been stuffed into the back of the cupboard where I suspect it will stay until I pass it on to someone else. I can understand why they are popular, but it wasn't for me.
Though we are not mad on bananas in our house, we do have a few shoved in our fruit bowl sometimes. This is another buy from Lakeland from my Nan. If you have read my other reviews, you will know that my Nan loves searching through these books for the next big gadget and I think she found a good deal for this one. She brought it for around the £6 mark and it seems good quality.
The tree itself has a swirly base of curved chrome and then extends up until it reaches the top where it curves over. That is obviously where you hang your bananas. You have to hang them in a bunch though. Where the bananas all meet with the stalk you just it through the tree and it will hang naturally, like it would on a tree. It is quite hard to explain, and just in case you don't quite understand me, I will post a picutre of it underneath. But the tree looks very sleek and shiny and fits in my bowl well. I put the base at the bottom of the bowl and the other fruit lays on top. Therefore balancing the base so it doesn't fall over with the weight of the bananas on the other side. I don't think it would be able to stand on it's own as it just keep toppeling over from the weight of the hanging bannanas
It works extremely well and I have noticed a difference in how long my bananas last. They use to bruise and go off really quickly, but they are much fresher and all round nicer now. The tree has fallen over a few times, but it has shown no signs of wear and tear and I think it will last for years to come. It is even a bit of feature as it makes you look at the fruit bowl a bit more. Hard to explain, but I think it does look sleek and modern! A big thanks to my Nan!
Would I recommend it? Definetly! It is a great quality, tough little thing which was really worth the money. It does it job by keeping my bananas fresh and is a thing taken for granted in our house now!
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*Also posted on Ciao under the same name*
I am a real sucker when it comes to kitchen gadgets -some having proved more useful than others! One of my more useful purchases was a chrome banana tree I picked up from Lakeland in Edinburgh. Lakeland is one of my most favourite shops and I could happily spent several hours browsing its vast choice of gadgets I didn't know existed, let alone that I might just need to buy ! Lakeland has its main branch near to the train station in Windermere, Cumbria. There are also branches dotted around the country as well as an excellent web site.
Back to the banana tree! It's a simple, if stylish looking object made of shiny chrome. The base is a spiral shape with a long arm with a hook at the top for holding your bunch of bananas. I paid £6.99 for my banana tree and I think it was money well spent! The tree looks and feels like a good quality item. The spiral base ensures the tree stands securely and is not easily knocked over.
We eat a lot of fruit in our family including bananas. It is not advisable to keep bananas with other fruit as they give off a gas known as ethylene. The gas encourages other fruit to ripen more quickly and so it can spoil before you are able to eat it. Bananas also bruise easily and hanging them from a tree will help protect their delicate flesh. I tend to buy bananas when they are still slightly green and allow them to ripen at home. It is true that bananas will keep well in a brown paper bag, but I really prefer the look of my chrome tree!
As well as simply peeling and eating bananas, I use them to make milkshakes and smoothies. I also use them to naturally sweeten porridge .If they do go black they can be used to make a lovely moist banana cake.
Overall I think this simple little gadget is well worth the cost. It certainly ensures my bananas do not ripen too quickly and prevents them from getting bruised in the fruit bowl. They look attractive hanging on my kitchen worktop and this seems to encourage my children to east them!
We eat many bananas in our house and regular readers of my reviews will also be aware that we each have a banana holder to take to work with use and our little lad has one to take to school. We love our bananas, they are good for us, give us energy and we eat them on a daily basis.
We were finding that storing our bananas was becoming quite problematic so we decided to invest in a better and more effective way of keeping them, as they were ripening too quickly and spoiling some of the other fruit in the fruit bowl. We therefore decided to buy a Banana Tree from Lakeland for about £6.
This is very stylish and good looking and sits very well on our kitchen worktop as it looks great against the black shiny surface. The tree measures about twenty seven centimeteres, but this is just an educated guess as I have not taken a tape measure to it. It is made of silver shiny, sleek and stylish looking chrome.
We can hang a bunch of about half a dozen bananas on it at any one time and this is best for the fruit as it allows it to ripen slowly, without the smell of the bananas getting onto the rest of the fruit and making everything ripen too soon in the fruit bowl.
It is easy to keep clean and we just wash it in warm soapy water although I do think it is also dishwasher safe but we have not put it into the dishwasher yet. We are thinking of investing in another one as we tend to keep about a dozen or so bananas in the house at any one time and this tree will not accommodate that many.
Great stylish looking gadget and recommended.
This review is also published on Ciao under name of sorehead.
== Lakeland Chrome Banana Tree ==
Sharing a flat with two other people means not having much space for your food. We each only have one cupboard each and 1 shelf each in the fridge and freezer. In an attempt to free up a bit of space and use up some of the counters which were normally free, I scoured the Lakeland website trying to figure out what would help me the most and then I came across a banana tree.
This chrome banana tree from Lakeland will set you back £6.99. It is made out of chrome which is basically bent into a swirl at the bottom then going upwards into a hook at the very top. The height of the banana tree is around 10 inches. For this price, I think this product is extremely basic and the base could have maybe been maybe a bit sturdier considering what you are paying for it. However, the design is simple and elegant and will easily fit into any kitchen well.
Something I didn't know before buying this product that bananas actually give off gases which will affect any other fruit if they are in a bowl together. This information is on the product page on the Lakeland website and without this, I never would have known. After finding that out, it made me want to purchase this product even more. I generally have quite a lot of fruit in the house at all times, ready to make fruit salads, so it only made sense to separate the bananas from everything else because of the gases.
We each have different sections of the kitchen for our own gadgets after putting in the big stuff like a microwave. This banana tree doesn't take up much space at all on the counter and it now saves me a lot of space in my fruit bowl. As the bananas hang off the hook at the top, they no longer get crushed and bruised by other pieces of fruit and this keeps them better for a lot longer now. The only real problem is that you do need to have more than one banana on this tree at any time as one will just end up falling off.
I really love this product and think it is a fabulous idea. I would have liked for it to be a bit cheaper but I use it all the time so I'm definitely getting my monies worth out of it.
Since bananas are really the only fruit, or at least the main fruit eaten in our house, I decided it would be a good idea to try and keep them as fresh and bruised free as I could, so I bought one of these Lakeland Chrome Banana Trees.
~Looking after my bananas~
The Lakeland Chrome Banana Tree is quite a nice novelty item for my kitchen, it matches the bowl I use for other fruit, although I very rarely buy other fruit, when I do I like to keep the bananas separate as I learned that bananas give off gasses that can effect other fruits, so by placing my bananas on this banana tree, my other fruit, when I have it, will stay fresher longer and at the same time my bananas will ripen nicely as they hang separately.
~Useful and decorative~
The banana tree is shiny chrome and stands around 10 or so inches high. It is basically just one long piece of chrome twirled round in such a way that it makes a decretive feature for my kitchen, It not only looks nice but it is actually quite solid as well as quite tough and I imagine if I look after it and keep it clean etc. it will last me quite a long time. I really like the simplicity of it, and my bananas hang nicely on the hook at the top. I usually place a bunch of about of about four bananas on it, I think that it would become too heavy on one side if I tried to hang too big a bunch on it. It does stand quite nicely on my kitchen worktop doing what it does best by keeping my bananas fresh and looking quite decorative at the same time. I usually buy my banana's when they are still a bit green, so they have a little more time to ripen while hanging on my banana tree. Getting to the last banana is a bit tricky though as it obviously can't hang on it's own, so I usually just make a banana sandwich with it, saves me trying to find somewhere to put it.
~Pleased with my purchase~
Not altogether sure where else these banana trees are available from, but I got mine from the Lakeland website and paid £6.99 for it. I'm really pleased with it and have no regrets in buying it. I would recommend this banana tree to anyone who likes their bananas because it keeps them really nice, just as if they were still hanging on the tree ready to be picked. For this reason I have to give this Lakeland Chrome Banana Tree 5 stars, I'm really pleased I decided to buy it and I'm sure you would be to.
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Did you know that bananas give off gases which affect other fruit in the bowl? No, neither did I but the good folks at Lakeland do which is why they sell a banana tree in order to store your bananas safely and conveniently. Now, I always thought that a bananas tree just protected your bananas from bumping into each other and bruising in the bowl but it seems there is also another good reason to hang them up to. We eat a lot of bananas in our house and so this is a nice addition to our fruit bowl section.
A banana tree is actually quite a nice looking kitchen appliance to and we use ours as a bit of a design feature too in our kitchen, especially as the chrome looks nice and sleek. The tree has a swirl effect of chrome on the bottom which is made into a stand and then a long handle with a hook on the end to enable you to hook the bananas onto it. As long as your bananas are in a bunch you can just hook one banana over it and have the rest of the bunch hang onto that one so you can get about 5 or 6 bananas to hang in this fashion. However, when just one is left I find you can balance the end onto the hook and it will stay there if you do it properly.
As well as protecting your other fruit from the bananas the tree helps to keep the bananas separate just like they would be on a real tree and so this allows them to ripen naturally and stay fresher for longer. I have found that if I hang up a bunch of green bananas they do turn a really nice shade of yellow and do not bruise as much as they used to when we just put them in the bowl and so we always have nice fresh tasty bananas in our house.
The tree measures 26cm in height and can be purchased from Lakeland for about £6.