If you’ve got some overripe fruit hanging around your house don’t throw it out! Here are some simple ideas for how you can use up your overripe fruit and reduce any waste.
Overripe fruit is great to use in baking. Bananas are the perfect example; you’ll find that most banana flavoured baked goods call for overripe bananas. This is because they are soft and easy to mash. You can easily whip up a batch of our Banana and Cinnamon Muffins by adding three over ripe bananas to this mix. Or make some yummy banana bread with this simple recipe:
Mix together: 1 cup self raising flour, 1 cup castor sugar, 50g melted butter, 1 beaten egg, 1/4 milk, 1/2 mashed banana, a teaspoon of cinnamon.
Pour into a loaf tin and bake in the oven for approx. 35 mins. Serve warm with a little spread of butter. Delicious!
Use overripe strawberries, plums or apricots to make jam!
Crush together 500g of the overripe fruit, 2 cups castor sugar, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Stir over low heat until the sugar is dissolved then raise heat to boil, stirring regularly. Pour into jars and allow to cool. Simple as that!
Care for your skin:
Overripe avocados are perfect for nourishing hair and skin. Try mixing one overripe avocado with 1/4 cup of olive oil and 1 tsp of lemon juice to make a hair mask. Apply and leave to soak for approx 30 minutes before rinsing out.
For your face mash together 1/2 overripe avocado with 2 teaspoons of plain yoghurt and 1 teaspoon of honey. Apply liberally to face and leave to dry (approx 15mins) then wash off.
Overripe berries and lemons are usually very sweet which makes them perfect for fruit infused water. Add some berries or lemon slices to your water to give it a refreshing, tasty twist.
Make your overripe citrus fruits into juice or smoothies. Peel and cut overripe citrus fruit and pop into the blender with either water, milk or yoghurt to make juice or smoothies. You can try out all different combinations to see what you like best. My summer favourite? Mango, pineapple, orange and water, with a hint of ginger and mint. So refreshing!
If you don’t want to actually eat your overripe fruit you can add it to your garden soil for a great (non-stinky) fertilizer.
What do you do with your overripe fruit?