Are bananas good for compost?

bananas in compost

QUESTION: Are bananas good for compost? We eat a ton at my house, and I have been adding them to our composter. – Joanna G

ANSWER: Yes, bananas are good for composting and will break down and provide the compost with nutrients that are good for your garden’s soil. Like other food waste, the smaller the pieces, the faster it will break down. A full-sized banana or banana peel will take around four weeks to decompose, and will add a good amount of nitrogen to your compost. Good airflow is critical to getting bananas to break down in a compost bin, so be sure to turn your compost often, especially if you are adding bananas to the mix.

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