are high in potassium, which keeps high blood pressure in check
and reduces the risk of heart disease. In conjunction with sodium
they help maintain the fluid and electrolyte balance in body cells,
thus maintaining healthy nerve and muscle function. They also contain
tryptophan, which the body converts to serotonin to aid peaceful
DESCRIPTION : There are two main
varieties of bananas, the fruit or sweet banana and the plantain.
The fruit banana is eaten raw out of hand when it turns yellow and
develops a succulent sweetness with a soft, smooth, creamy, yet
firm pulp. The plantain, a cooking banana, is also referred to as
the meal, vegetable or horse banana. Plantains have lower water
content, making them drier and starchier than fruit bananas. Though
the banana plant has the appearance of a sort of palm tree, and
is often called a banana palm, it is actually considered a perennial
herb. It dies back after each fruiting and produces new growth for
the next generation of fruit. Bananas do not grow simply from seed.
Man intervened long ago and crossed two varieties of African wild
bananas, the Musa acuminata and the Musa baalbisiana, got rid of
the many seeds that were an unpleasant presence, and improved the
flavor and texture from hard and unappetizing to its present soft
and irresistibly sweet flavor
HISTORY : The true origin of Bananas,
world's most popular fruit, is found in the region of Malaysia.
By way of curious visitors, bananas traveled from there to India
where they are mentioned in the Buddhist Pali writings dating back
to the 6th century BCE. In his campaign in India in 327 BCE, Alexander
the Great relished his first taste of the banana, an usual fruit
he saw growing on tall trees. He is even credited with bringing
the banana from India to the Western world. According to Chinese
historian Yang Fu, China was tending plantations of bananas in 200
CE. These bananas grew only in the southern region of China and
were considered exotic, rare fruits that never became popular with
the Chinese masses until the 20th century.
Preparation: Stir together the
flour, paprika, thyme and salt on a large plate. Pour milk into
a shallow bowl. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat until
hot, not smoking. Dip fish in milk, then flour mixture. Cook in
hot oil, in batches if necessary, until browned on the bottom. Turn
fillets and brown other side, about 4 minutes per side for 1-inch
fillets. Remove to a platter and keep warm.
Drain cooking oil and wipe skillet with paper towels.
Heat butter over medium heat and add pecans, nutmeg and salt. Cook,
stirring, until pecans are lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Add
bananas and cook, stirring, about 1 minute or just until heated
through. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice and cilantro. Place
fillets on warm plates, spoon some sauce over each and serve immediately.
Benefit of BANANA
The banana constitutes almost a complete balanced
diet in combination with milk.
Banana is known for promoting healthy digestion.
The banana is used as a dietary food against intestinal disorders
because of its soft texture and blandness. It is the only raw fruit
which can be eaten without distress in chronic ulcer cases. It neutralizes
the over-acidity of the gastric juices and reduces the irritation
of the ulcer by coating the lining of the stomach.
Bananas are of great value both in constipation
and diarrhea as they normalize colon functions in the large intestine
to absorb large amounts of water for proper bowel moments. Their
usefulness in constipation is due to their richness in pectin, which
is water-absorbent and this gives them a bulk producing ability.
They also possess the ability to change the bacteria in the intestines
from the harmful type of bacilli to the beneficial acidophyllus
Bananas are useful in the treatment of arthritis and gout.
Being high in iron content, bananas are beneficial in the treatment
of anemia. They stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood
A diet consisting of bananas and skimmed milk is considered an effective
remedy for weight reduction. In prescribed course of diet treatment,
the daily diet is restricted to six bananas and four glasses of
skimmed milk or buttermilk made from skimmed milk for a period of
10 to 15 days. Thereafter green vegetables may be introduced gradually,
reducing the intake of bananas from six to four. This regimen or
prescribed course of diet treatment can be continued till the desired
results are achieved. Bananas are suitable for overweight people
as they contain practically no sodium.
Cooked banana flower eaten with curd is considered an effective
medicine for menstrual disorders like painful menstruation and excessive