Don’t you love bananas? I do!
I have one every day. And I was really pleased when I found out that bananas are
actually very good for one’s health. (And we wonder why chimps are so smart?)
Bit of History
The banana is mentioned for the first time in history in Buddhist texts 600
years BC. Alexander the Great discovered the taste of banana in the Indian
valleys in 327 BC. The existence of banana plantations could be found in China
back in the year 200 AD. In 650 AD, Islamic conquerors brought the banana all
In 1502, the Portuguese started
the first banana plantation in the Caribbean and in central America.
Banana is a highly nourishing fruit, contains no fat, and because of its
digestive properties, you can eat a banana anytime of the day. Someone told me
once to avoid eating banana before going to bed, as they usually release all the
energy an hour or so later, while you will be fast asleep. So if you are
watching your weight, obviously, this isn’t a good thing to do – because
banana holds 23 percent of hydrocarbonate for 0.2 percent of fat. The
cholesterol level is 0.00 percent; but best of all, 100 grams of banana provide
you with the same low calories as 100 grams of yogurt with fruit.
The banana is full of proteins,
and the sugar provided gives a lot of energy to those practicing sports that
require endurance. Also, bananas contain magnesium, selenium, iron, a lot of
vitamins, and is recommended for salt-free diets because of its low sodium
Few more facts
word banana is derived from the Arabic meaning ‘finger’.
are about 400 varieties of bananas.
banana stem consists of 10 to 14 hands each of them carrying from l8 to 20
harvest starts when the banana is still green.
for domestic consumption are cut green.
can stay green only for about 3 weeks after they are picked.
washed, cut into smaller bunches, called ‘clusters’, they are then
packed in carton boxes, and transported by refrigerated ships.