Tom Hunt Shares His Very Own Zero-Waste Banana Chutney Recipe

Jul 13, 2020 07:34 AM EDT | By Staff Reporter (

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How do you like your bananas? Whatever your preference is, you can always make something delicious and healthy out of them. And just like coconuts, each part of a banana can be eaten, including its skin. Yes! A banana peel has all the healthy nutrients we need, and it's a shame that most of us are wasting it every time.

Instead of throwing it in the trash, you can make something sweet and delicious using your banana peels. And in this article, we will show you the perfect recipe for that.

Cooking with zero waste

Palmiro Ocampo is a Peruvian chef who co-founded the CCORI--a charity that teaches young women how to cook food with zero waste. Ocampo is also a part of the World Food Programme called Chef's Manifesto. It is an initiative led by chefs worldwide to encourage people in the world to have sustainable goals. 

Another chef from the Chef's Manifesto, Conor Spacey, also has the same virtue and goals as Ocampo about zero food waste. Thus, they have come up with an idea of making bananas and an absolute zero-waste type of food. They made a recipe for banana chutney that uses banana skins as its main ingredient. Ocampo's candied banana skins inspired the recipe. 

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Banana Skin Chutney Recipe

To reduce his food waste, Spacey, a Northern Irish chef, made a way to make use of banana skins. Most people, when they eat bananas, they throw the peels away. However, not many people realize that banana skins are healthy. The banana's skin has all the nutrients that the whole banana has to offer--maybe even more. Thus, he made a banana chutney recipe that mainly uses banana skins. Here is the full recipe. 

For a 500mL jar:

  • 6 pieces of ripe banana peels

  • 1 large onion

  • 2 jalapenos, chopped

  • 2 tbsp oil

  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds

  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder

  • 4 whole garlic cloves

  • 1 ripe banana

  • 500mL orange juice

  • 1 tsp coriander seeds

  • 2 whole star anise

  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar, or honey

For an hour, soak the banana peels in cold water. Replace the water twice during the soaking process and then drain. In a saucepan, put fresh water and then the banana skins. Boil the peels up and then let it simmer for five whole minutes. Once done, drain the banana skins from the water and then set it aside to cool. Chop the peels into small pieces.

Next, on a large saucepan, add the oil and place the pan over medium heat. After that, add the chilies, onions, a pinch of salt, and then saute it for five minutes. Add in the mustard seeds, turmeric powder, garlic cloves, star anise, brown sugar, coriander seeds, the chopped banana skins, and the chopped ripe banana. 

After two minutes, add the orange juice and then let it simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the mixture looks more like a jam. Once done, put them in a 500mL jar and keep in the fridge for at least a month. 

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