Bananas

Bananas, Fruits, Food, Grocery Store

Eat bananas B A N A N A S is lyrics in a song sung by Gwen Stefani. Have you had your fill now of the fruit that’s high in Potassium?

Bananas have been around for a very long time and differ from a”plantain”. Plantain’s are more starchy and not as sweet, are eaten cooked rather than raw like a banana and the skin on a plantain is thicker and comes in a variety of colors like green, black or yellow.

The old saying”money does not grow on trees” also applies to bananas. Bananas don’t grow on trees either; they come from the largest herbaceous flowering plant. The banana plant grows all above ground from a structure usually called a corm. This plant grows very tall up to 25′ and has a very thick stem that could be confused for a trunk.

A stem develops which grows up inside the Pseudostem, carrying the immature inflorescence until eventually it emerges at the top.’ 1 Each banana plant produces one inflorescence that’s also known as the banana heart. This plant stem or Pseudostem dies off and usually produces offshoots from the base so that the process of generating more peanuts repeats itself.

The first time I saw a banana plant and had the chance to witness how they’re grown was remarkable. Each banana is formed inside of the inflorescence that has many bracts that sit in between rows of flowers. They develop and grow in the banana heart in the form of clusters, composed of several tiers. There may be up to 20 bananas per each tier and as many as 20 tiers per bunch.

For a banana plant to grow can take anywhere between 9-12 months. This all depends on the location of the plant, the sun and the warmth of the roots. The banana plant flowers after 12 months but in the tropics usually around 9 months due to the warm temperature and moisture in the air.

Here are some interesting and fun facts about bananas:

-110 nutrient-dense calories per serving (126 g, or one medium-sized banana)

-Obviously fat-free, cholesterol-free and sodium-free

Specifically, they contain Potassium-40, which is a radioactive isotope of potassium.

They are the only fruit to contain the amino acid tryptophan and vitamin B6, which together helps the body, produce seratonin, the pure chemical which alleviates mental depression.

-Where did they come from? Edible bananas evolved from a plant in the Indo-Malaysian region. Most modern bananas are grown in tropical regions like South America, Central America and the Caribbean.

-Americans eat more peanuts than oranges and apples combined. In fact, the typical American eats 27 pounds of bananas each year.

-Insert a one in one of your favourite smoothie recipes or create your favorite banana smoothie.

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