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Friday, August 17, 2012

Did Somebody Say Banana?

The World's Most Powerful Perfect Food, the Banana!  Whether it's just eating a banana, plain and simple, or having a peanut butter and banana sandwich, bananas can help your body in so many good ways!  They're loaded with potassium and help maintain energy levels with the fiber they're packed with.  And, they reduce the risk of some cancers!  Eat up!

Try some of these Recipes for Bananas:
Banana Nut Oatmeal
Banana Nut Bread
Rice Cakes topped with Peanut Butter and Bananas
Banana Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt

Banana Nutrition & Facts

Originating in the Middle East and North Africa, the banana is one of the oldest, most popular fruits in the world.  No wonder, given the amazing nutritional properties of the banana.It was exported to China, the Americas and the Caribbean in the 15th and 16th centuries by the Portuguese.  Such amazing history I never knew about the banana!

The banana really only gained popularity in the last 200 years though with the advances in travel and the popularity of more advanced cultivars of banana.  Wild bananas have large seeds....not the ones we eat from the grocery store!

If bananas are green, they can be put in a brown paper bag with an apple or tomato overnight to speed up ripening.  They can be stored indefinitely frozen, then eaten like an popsicle or cooked as a banana mush.

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