Bananas are most commonly eaten fresh, though they can also be dried or cooked. Simply peel and enjoy, or use fresh in smoothies and atop cereal or granola. They can be baked in muffins and banana bread, or used to make ice cream, puddings, and more. They pair well with berries and other tropical fruits like pineapple, guava and mango, as well as flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon, caramel, chocolate, and vanilla.
As tropical fruits, bananas don't care for the cold of a refrigerator, so store them at room temperature where they'll continue to ripen gradually.