Product Type: Eddingtons Ltd household products
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A surprisingly amazing invention!
Member Name: i_am_joy
Advantages: A simple idea, keeps my banana in tip top condition, cheap to buy
I was given a Banana Guard for Christmas by a well meaning friend who knows I like to take a banana out with me as I find them excellent for keeping my energy up when I start to flag.
I thanked Sheila profusely, but at the back of my mind was a niggling voice that said "what a silly idea, I'd much rather have had a Lush bath bomb instead". Not meaning to sound ungrateful, of course.
I have found it to be brilliant however and am planning to buy my granddaughters' one each as they take a banana to school most days for their tuck.
The Banana Guard is basically a banana shaped tube which opens along the middle and closes securely thanks to two heavy duty catches (one at each end) and a clip in the centre. The tube is ventilated by two lines of air holes going along the top of the Guard, exactly as you can see in the photograph above.
I find my bananas fit much better than I thought they would, I don't have to press it into position too hard as I thought I would and as I popped it into the Guard I thanked heavens that the EU didn't get their wish on the 'straight bananas' proposal. The Guard is designed to hold your banana snug so don't be afraid to push your fruit into the plastic holder, once you've fitted most of the banana in the rest will follow quite easily even if it feels as though you're about to break the skin as you bend it to fit.
I have used the Banana Guard at least ten times now and probably more, each time my banana has come out in exactly the same condition as when I put the Guard into my bag. Bananas are notoriously unforgiving when it comes to bangs or even the wrong kind of air getting to it and an hour in my leather handbag is usually enough to make my banana go squishy and unappetising.
Just today I used a pristine banana which had a creamy yellow skin and no blemishes whatsoever, it sat in the Banana Guard and my handbag for over four hours and when I took it out it was still pristine! An amazing feat considering what a state it would have been in if I'd not used the Guard.
The only problem I can foresee with the Banana Guard is that it might not be 100% suitable for those very small kids' bananas that the supermarkets sell as these are chunky in girth but short. My daughter favours these bananas for the girls' so we'll soon see, but I don't envisage that they will fit as well as my normal sized bananas.
A Banana Guard costs under £5 from such online stores as Corvus and Amazon, a small price to pay to keep your bananas looking and tasting delicious.
Summary: What a wonderful idea, now I need never eat a squashed and blackened banana again!