A native fruit to South East Asia, reference to the banana was first made
in the Epics of the Pali Buddhist canon in 500 BC. Bananas were exported
to Africa from Indonesia around 1,500 years ago. Consequently, reference
to this fruit can be found in the Koran as the Tree of Paradise. Alexander the Great discovered
bananas growing in India around 300 B.C. Word spread quickly after
that, via traders who carried the plants to East Africa and Polynesia.
fig, yellow and red. Plantains (cooking bananas) are larger, coarser and
less sweet fruit of the same species as the banana. They are good when
baked, broiled or roasted. Also dried and ground into meal for breads,
puddings and as a thickener.
Select Firm bananas. Bananas are unripe when green, and will
ripen successfully at home at room temperature. May be refrigerated for
several days once they are ripe. Available all year.
Serve Hot as dessert; broil or fry as an accompaniment with
meat dishes and with spicy foods. Cold for cakes, breads, fruit salads,
fritters, and chocolate covered and frozen as an ice cream pop.
Calories 1 banana = 80 calories
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