Description

  • 2 types of bananas – sweet banana and plantain banana
  • Plantain bananas are usually cooked and considered more like a vegetable due to their high starch content.  They also have a higher beta-carotene concentration than most sweet bananas.

Health Benefits

  • Bananas are high in Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and Potassium
  • The potassium in bananas help to maintain normal blood pressure and healthy heart function
  • Help to prevent heart disease
  • Potassium helps to promote bone health
  • Protect against stomach ulcers and ulcer damage
  • Bananas contain pectin, a soluble fiber (called a hydrocolloid) that can help normalize movement through the digestive tract and ease constipation
  • Bananas protect your eyesight

How to Select and Store

  • Base your choice of bananas depending upon when you want to consume them.
  • Bananas with more green coloration will take longer to ripen than those more yellow in hue and/or with brown spots.
  • Bananas should be firm, but not too hard, bright in appearance, and free from bruises or other injuries.
  • Their stems and tips should be intact.
  • The size of the banana does not affect its quality, so simply choose the size that best meets your needs
  • They should be left to ripen at room temperature and should not be subjected to overly hot or cold temperatures
  • If you need to hasten the ripening process, you can place bananas in a paper bag or wrap them in newspaper, adding an apple to accelerate the process
  • Ripe bananas that will not be consumed for a few days can be placed in the refrigerator

How to Enjoy

  • Bananas can be added to almost any smoothie
  • See our smoothie section for numerous recipes containing bananas!

Content courtesy of whfoods.org