Bananas….they’re not just loved by monkeys; they’re loved by the world. Bananas are grown on plants and come in bunches that are also known as “hands.” The plants can grow to be 10, even 26 feet high and are in the same family as the lily and the orchid. While we are most accustomed to the yellow variety, bananas actually come in hundreds of different types that can include red, pink, purple, and black. The Plantain bananas are one type of species and are usually cooked due to their starchy texture.
Bananas are thought to have originated in Malaysia around 4,000 years ago according to the website www.whfoods.com. Now, predominate in the United States, they are grown in lush and exotic locales like Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador and Brazil.
In Hawaii, and other tropical and subtropical regions, a variety called Apple Bananas are grown year round. Although they are smaller in size, they contain higher levels of vitamin C and A than your average banana. The taste is unique as well. Apple Bananas are appropriately named because they are tangy and sweet with an apple flavor. You can find these at many farmer’s markets throughout the islands.
Of course, bananas aren’t just a conveniently wrapped snack, they are also super healthy! They contain vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin C, dietary fiber, and manganese to name a few. There are also many health benefits:
- Cardiovascular protection
- Protection from ulcers
- Protecting eyesight
- Strong bones
- Kidney health
With so many benefits, It’s easy to see why monkeys…and humans love them so much!