What can I say about bananas? They’re just such an a-peeling fruit, right? And so versatile! I can think of many times when I was in such a rush to get out of the house in the morning, I just grabbed one and threw it in my purse to eat later on.
As for being a versatile fruit, you can eat them raw, slice them up and spread some peanut butter or other nut butter on top of each slice, mix them in your favorite smoothie (I love doing this with frozen slices!), make banana bread and muffins, put slices on whole wheat toast with some peanut butter (yum!), and more!
Bananas have some health benefits too, according to WebMD, they are rich in potassium which is good for heart health, they contain soluble fiber which can help keep cholesterol and blood pressure in check, and they also contain other vitamins and minerals including vitamin C and B6 and magnesium. If you have any health issues such as diabetes or kidney problems, you should check with your doctor before consuming them.
According to Prevention Magazine, some people avoid bananas because they’re higher in carbs and sugar than many other fruits. But, unlike processed sweet treats, a banana’s naturally occurring sugars are accompanied by many vitamins and minerals.
Farmers’ Almanac shared a bunch of fun facts about bananas, here are a few:
- Roughly 96% of American households purchase bananas at least once per month.
- A cluster of bananas, called a “hand,” consists of 10 to 20 individual bananas, also known as fingers. In fact, the word banana comes from banana, the Arabic word for “finger.”
- A single banana leaf can grow up to 12 feet in length. In Southeast Asia, Central America and much of Africa, food is wrapped in the leaves for storage and cooking, much like aluminum foil. The leaves lend a subtle flavor to dishes cooked in them, and their hardiness allows them to be used time and again.
- Bananas are grown and harvested year-round. They grow from a bulb, not a seed. A perennial crop, each bulb sprouts new shoots every year.
- There are more than 400 varieties of banana in existence.
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