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Healthy Gardening Series

The Magic of Bananas For Cooking and Healing

The Magic of Bananas For Cooking and Healing

Table of Contents
For Cooking and Healing
Introduction
Knowing More about the Banana
Growing Bananas
Best Temperature for Bananas
Preparing the Ground for Bananas
Banana Growing Tips
Planting Bananas
Why Not Seeds?
Fertilizer
Banana Diseases
Ripening on the Tree
Harvesting Bananas
Storing of Bananas
One Banana or Two
Yogurt and Bananas
Dry Cough
Want to Gain Weight?
Ulcers in your mouth?
Nosebleed
The Difference between Bananas and Plantains
Talking about Banana Republics
Bananas as a Healthy Complete Food
Banana Leaves
Using Banana Leaves for Cooking
Grilling Tip
Using Banana Leaves for Wrapping Food and Steaming
Banana Fiber
Banana and Coconut Rings with Palm Sugar
Coconut Milk and Coconut Cream
Plantain and Lamb Curry
Banana Bread
Conclusion

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Introduction
If you were a part of the flapper scene in the roaring 20s and 30s you would be Charleston-ing to “Yes, yes, we have no bananas.” “Going bananas” was popular slang for someone who thought he or she was losing his marbles over someone or something. A Bright Young Thing of that Era would tell her “Sheik” that she considered him to be the bee’s knees , and the cat’s pajamas and she was going bananas over him, but … if he was found escorting any other “Sheba” around to trip the light fantastic, she would have his blood for breakfast.
So what is there in this not so humble plant, which makes it such an integral part of popular culture, as well as slang? Well, firstly, bananas are delicious treats to have throughout the day. Also, they are rich in potassium and other minerals, which keep you fit and fine and glowing and chirpy. Also, the name is rather amusing, so no wonder the whole world has gone bananas over bananas. Since millenniums, the economies of countries have depended upon this delicious fruit.
You can eat these bananas and raw or you can need them ripe. You can roast them, fry them, boil them, mash them, and then your imagination is the limit to which particular use, you want to put these bananas.
Baby food definitely consists of mashed bananas
Bananas are normally eaten raw, but when you decide to cook them, you are going to choose bananas called plantains with more starch content. They may be raw bananas.
The color of our banana ranges from green to yellow. You may also have brown, red, and purple bananas depending on the species and the state of ripeness.
The bananas were called Musa sapientum by scientists before, but that name has now gone out of use. The banana species which we eat now belong to Musa balbisiana and Musa acuminata. Hybrids are also very popular, especially when Musa balbisiana is crossed with M.acuminata.
Most of the banana plants, which you find now are completely seedless. That is why if you are looking for seeds, to grow your bananas in your garden, sorry, you will need to plant a banana seedling, propagated by horticulturalist and gardeners.
Bananas are native to tropical Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Malaya and other tropical regions, as well as Australia. They grew wild in the tropical forests here until people started growing them in New Guinea anywhere between 5000 to 8000 years ago. From there, they spread all over the world. Read more..