Bananas And Breakfast

A fusion breakfast with bananas

Two bananas, coconut custard jam on bread, and ginger tea.
Two bananas, coconut custard jam on bread, and ginger tea. | Source

Bananas And Breakfast

Bananas are the most convenient fruits to eat. You don’t have to wash or cut them. Just peel a banana and eat it. It is so easy and convenient to eat bananas, that my number one fruit for my little granddaughter are bananas. Bananas in our country are not expensive as they are grown locally. I eat bananas almost every day. Bananas and breakfast are my wife’s favorite. I call it the fusion breakfast. Two bananas, toasts with butter and kaya (coconut custard jam), and a glass of fresh ginger tea, make a complete healthy breakfast. Take a look at the photo on the right.

There are many varieties of bananas in our country. As for the temperate countries, I think there is only one variety available, and that is the Cavendish.

Southeast-Asia Region Where Bananas Grow

Local bananas naturally ripen

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Cavendish bananas: green and gassed-ripen

Cavendish bananas packed in boxes for export

Many varieties of bananas

Bananas are tropical fruits. They are mostly found in South and South-east Asia, the area where I live. Our local bananas come in all sizes, from the very small to the big ones. The photo on the right shows one of my favourite varieties. They are just right and ripe to be eaten, with black spots. That’s why only two left! These bananas ripen naturally unlike those bananas exported to temperate countries. We are very fortunate to have bananas freshly plucked from the plants. The bananas are usually plucked just when they appear to become ripen with a lighter greenish color. As they are local fruits, we are spoilt for choices. Each variety tastes different. So we really get to enjoy eating bananas with different aroma and taste.

For readers from temperate countries, I can safely assume that the only banana variety that you get to eat is the “Cavendish” variety. Cavendish bananas have perfectly formed shape and are aromatic, very suitable for export. They are plucked very green and packed in international-standard cardboxes as shown in the photos on the right. All the banana exporters around the world use these international-standard boxes.

When I was living in Auckland, New Zealand, many years ago, I operated a fruit and vege shop. The only variety of bananas was the Cavendish. Take it or leave it; sorry no other variety available. The bananas came in those international-standard boxes. All the bananas were dark green, not ripen. The boxes of green bananas would undergo a process of gassing, and the bananas would “ripen” into a beautiful bright yellow ready for eating. Ethylene gas would be sprayed into the boxes to induce rapid ripening. Those beautiful bright yellow bananas you see in your supermarkets are actually artificially-induced ripe bananas!

The green bananas which were not gassed, would not ripe into the bright yellow color, but turned into dull light green. In New Zealand, green bananas were bought by the local Maoris and the other Polynesians for cooking.

By the way, over-ripe bananas can be used to make banana cakes and banana jam.

Benefits of eating bananas

Bananas are rich in vitamins B6 and C, manganese and potassium. As far as I am concerned bananas are nutritious fruits. That's it. However, there are others who claim that eating bananas can have the following benefits: reduce depression, prevent anemia, reduce risk of blood pressure and stroke, increase alertness, reduce constipation, cure hangover, relieve heartburn, reduce intestinal disorder, reduce effects of nicotine withdrawal, and many others.

Before I end this article, you can try this remedy for insect bites. I have not tried it yet. If you suffer irritation/itchiness from insect bites, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of the banana skin. Apparently, this will reduce swelling as well as irritation/itchiness. I must try it the next time.

Harry Belafonte - Banana Boat Song

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Lipnancy 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

We eat bananas for help with joint pain. Thanks for the information.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Interesting article for bananas..I know we should eat them more often, but need to find a way I like. Thanks for all the information.


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Good Guy 4 years ago from Malaysia Author

Hi Lipnancy,

Thanks for comment.


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Good Guy 4 years ago from Malaysia Author

Hi carol7777,

Nice to know you are still reading all the hubs. Hope you have a good rest. Thanks for comment.

I think banana sandwich would suit your taste.


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tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

I like the idea of rubbing the inside of the banana skin on bites - will try that next time. I love to eat bananas. As you say they are so easy to eat and I find they are much more filling than other fruits. Shame about the gas ripening, but they still taste great. Thanks.

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