At a Glance
- Banana fruits cannot be juiced
- Banana peels can be juiced
- Although not juiceable, banana fruits blended make an excellent addition to freshly made juice to add sweetness and texture.
The thing that makes juicing both wonderful and incredibly popular is the fact it allows you to extract all the nutritional goodness from fruits and vegetables which otherwise may never cross your lips.
However, unfortunately, not all of our family favorites can be juiced, some fruits and veggies just can’t cut it when it comes to hitting the juicer.
Why Try Juicing?
Juicing is an excellent option for those who want to live a healthy life and know they should be getting their five a day, yet find it hard to eat a plate full of vegetables.
Also, juicing means you can get your favorite fruits and veggies in a fast, on-the-go option offering far more nutrients than their natural form.
I mean let’s face it, you could walk down the street chomping on a raw carrot for breakfast if you want to reenact Clive Owen’s leading role in ‘Shoot Em Up.
However, not only is it not particularly convenient, heavy on your stomach first thing in the morning and just downright weird looking, one solitary carrot can’t give you one tenth of the nutrition a full flask of juice can.
You can juice most fruits and vegetables – the green leafy kind work particularly well – and there are only a small minority that are not able to be juiced.
Can You Juice Bananas?
That depends what part of the banana you are referring to:
If when you think banana you’re talking about the fruit, the simple answer is no, you can’t juice bananas.
However, you can juice banana peels, which you probably never considered!
Bananas (as in the fruit) along with a couple of other fruits and veggies, fall into their own non-juicing category as simply not having enough liquid to juice. They are simply too mushy – probably the reason they make such a great baby food.
However, although you can’t juice them that doesn’t mean you can’t add bananas into your juice.
Bananas are deliciously sweet and creamy and although they work best in smoothie form, you can put them in your blender to add to some juice made earlier.
Due to their sweetness, even half a banana can take away some of the sharpness left behind in your juice from less palatable fruits and veggies.
Bananas are packed with vitamins and mineral so offer a number of benefits when mixed in with your freshly made juice.
Other Fruits and Vegetables That Can’t Be Juiced
There are a few fruits and vegetables that are not suitable for juicing. This is either because they just simply don’t have enough juice like bananas or are just downright difficult to process. Let’s round up some of the un-juiceables:
- Avocados – Can’t be juiced
- Bananas – Can’t be juiced
- Figs – Can’t be juiced
- Eggplant – Possible but difficult
- Leeks – Possible but difficult
- Rhubarb – Possible but difficult
- Winter Squash – Possible but difficult
- Mangos – Possible at the perfect ripeness
- Papayas – Possible at the perfect ripeness
- Peaches – Possible at the perfect ripeness