In all honesty, it takes me forever to get the banana open, and by then it's all squished, so I usually try about four different things before I get there. But I usually start at the stem... and progress (sort of) from there.
Stem end. I usually spend about 2 or 3 minutes trying to tear it open, then resort to a knife or scissors (if I'm at work), so it's all mushy by the time I get to it. Don't really mind, though--I actually prefer my bananas bruised up.
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