They’re delicious, they’re tropical, and the banana is America’s favorite fruit as well as one of the most popular fruits in the world. While they are Native to Southeast Asia, they are grown in many warm regions throughout the globe.

bunch of bananas

When you think of one in your head, you are probably thinking of a variety called the “Cavendish.” It is green when unripe and yellow as it gets sweeter and ready to eat. This variety ripens off the plant.

Every wonder why you are using those brown bananas for something like bread? This fruit is relatively starchy. As they ripen, they are turning starch into sugar. The more ripe or overripe, the more sugar and the less starch they contain making those brown ones better for your bread.

Did you know that there are over 1,000 varieties grown in more than 150 countries? From plantains to apple bananas to the blue java to the ladyfinger, there are more types and flavors than you can imagine.

Fun facts:

  • They float in water because they are actually less dense than the water.
  • This fruit grows on plants that are classified as herbs.
  • Botanically speaking it is considered a berry.
  • Their scientific name is “musa sapientum” which translates to the “fruit of the wise men.”
  • They are only grown commercially in one state in the U.S. – Hawaii.
  • Rubbing the inside of a peel on a mosquito bite or poison ivy will help it from itching and getting inflamed.
  • A bunch is called a “hand” and a single fruit is called a “finger.”

Here are some great recipes using banana:

What are the benefits of bananas?

They are low in calories and high in fiber and therefore great for digestion. They are packed with potassium making them an ideal pre-workout snack.

Is it okay to eat a banana every day?

Yes, but as with everything they should be eaten in moderation. Basically, don’t load up on bananas every day as your vitamin and mineral levels might skyrocket in a bad way.

Are banana peels edible?

Surprisingly enough, yes, the peels are edible as long as they are prepared correctly. Some people use them in smoothies while others use them as a substitute for pulled pork. Crazy, right?

 Is it bad to eat bananas at night?

Some research suggests that eating them at night isn’t a great idea because they are harder to digest meaning your stomach will be working overtime when it is meant to be shutting down just the same as you.

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