Using bananas to ripen other fruit
Using bananas to accelerate ripening of other fruit
Bananas produce natural organic hydro-carbon compound, ethylene which acts as self-ripening agent.
Ethylene is an organic compound, a hydrocarbon with the formula C2H4 or H2C=CH2. It is a colourless flammable gas with a faint "sweet and musky" odour when pure.
Ethylene is widely used in chemical industry, and its worldwide production (over 109 million tonnes in 2006) exceeds that of any other organic compound. Ethylene is also an important natural plant hormone, used in agriculture to force the ripening of fruits.