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Banana facts and general information about bananas.

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Bananas are Available:

Bananas are available year round.

How do Bananas Grow:

Bananas grow on a giant plant that looks like a tree but it is not a tree. The plant flowers and as each leaf of the bud opens it reveals a double row of flowers. These flowers become individual bananas. Each row has 15 or more fingers (bananas) and that makes up a “hand.” Each stem develops 7-10 hands of bananas. They are picked when they are green and shipped all over the world.

What to Look for When Buying Bananas:

Pick bright yellow bananas without bruises. Some people prefer their bananas greener than others and some darker so it is a matter of preference. Darker and brown bananas make the best banana bread.

Banana Facts-Storage Tips:

Store bananas on the counter.

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How to Cook Bananas:

Eat as is. They can also be grilled and baked. You can freeze bananas if they are overripe. Freeze whole and use for breads or muffins when baking.

Banana Nutrition Facts:

Bananas are a great source of potassium. They are also high in Vitamin C and fiber. They are good for digestion and help reduce the risk of cancers as well.
freezing bananas

Banana Recipes: 

Banana Bread

1 1/2 Cups sugar
3/4 Cup shortening
4 eggs
4 mashed bananas
½ teaspoon soda
3 ½ Cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Cup walnuts (optional)
Mash bananas and add soda. In a separate bowl cream sugar, shortening, add eggs 1 at a time, add salt, and vanilla. Then flour. Stir in banana mixture and fold in nuts. Pour into 2 greased loaf pans. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean.

Banana Hotdog

by Juno
1 banana
1 hotdog bun
Peanut butter
Chocolate chips
Spread peanut butter on hotdog bun. Place peeled banana on bun. Spread more peanut butter on top. Top with chocolate chips.

Banana Simple Dessert

by Patricia gaspar (Philippines, cabuyao)

Ingredients:
1. bananas
2. 1 or 2 nestle cream
3. 1 or 2 condensed milk
4. toothpicks

1. Cut the bananas to little circles.
2. Mix the nestle cream and condensed milk in a bowl.
3. Place the bananas as you want in a presentable plate.
4. Spread the the mixed sauce into the bananas.
5. Put the toothpicks on top of the presented bananas.
6. Enjoy!!

Banana Wrap

Banana
Whole wheat bread
peanut butter

Roll bread flat with a rolling pin. Spread with peanut butter and place peeled whole banana on top of peanut butter. Roll up and eat as is or cut into chunks.

Strawberry banana smoothie

by Amber McClanahan
Ingredients:

1 banana
5 or 6 strawberries
1 cup your favorite flavored yogurt

Put the banana, the strawberries and the yogurt in the blender. Then mix them together and then you have a strawberry banana smoothie.

Kids Cooking Video: Banana Bread with Dates and Walnuts


Banana Cooking Ideas


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