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B is for Banana

Updated on March 4, 2009
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Rebecca Graf is a seasoned writer with nearly a decade of experience and degrees in accounting, history, and creative writing.

Do You Really Know Me?

I bet that you have eaten a banana in the last month or even week. Well, this banana would like to challenge you to banana knowledge. Do you really know this fruit you eat?

Let's debunk the biggest myth that you keep spreading about my kind. We do NOT grow on trees. There are no such things as banana trees. We are grown on plants. No, they are not the same thing. Trees have "stems" that are made out of wood. Plants are made out of that fleshy green material. That is what we are grown on. In fact we are the largest plant on this planet that is not on a wooden stem. Please stop spreading these rumors. It is very embarrasing to our relatives the lillies and orchids.

Don't believe everything those cartoons tell you. We do not grow so close to the ground that you can just walk along and pick us. We grow to 25 feet high. That is much taller than your average man, cartoon rabbit, or tasmanian devil.

You cannot eat us right from the tree. We should be picked green and then ripened over time to ensure better taste. Only after being picked does our sugar levels rise from a mere 2% while waiting to 20% with all the excitement of being picked. We take pride in our flavor so don't ruin it by letting us ripen on thePLANT. We are eager to grace your fruit bowl.

We are not native to the Americas. Though we are the most popular fruit in this hemisphere, we were really discovered in India by Alexander the Great in 327 B.C. When the Spanish came to the Americas, the monks brought the banana roots and found a very receptive soil. There are many varieties still in Asia that are a part of the everyday diet.

You, Americans. We love you because you love us. You eat on average 28 pounds a year. That is per person. Wow! Maybe it is the good things in us like fiber, potassium, and vitamin C not to mention iron. We also don't have any sodium, cholesterol, or fat. So eat away!!!!!

We are not a seasonal fruit. In fact, we are harvested all year round. See how eager we are to meet you?!

Just 3 of us medium guys weigh 1 pound. Think of that as you pick us at your local grocery store.

Do you know what a cluster of us bananas are called that grow on our PLANTS? We are known as hands and us individual guys are known as fingers. Get it? Pretty clever of us, eh?

If you are sick, then come to us. We can help with so many of your problems: smoking, ulcers, constipation, blood pressure, anemica, PMS, depression, morning sickness, heartburn, nerves, and brain power.

As you can tell we are the super fruits in your grocery store. Stop by and check us out.

If you think eating us plain is the only way to savor good looking blokes like us, then here are a few sites to give you other ideas on how to use us to our full potential. Until we meet again.....

P.S. - Please stop singing that ridiculous banana song.  It is way too embarrassing.  Why couldn't you come up with something more substantial and solid.  You do us such an injustice. 

 

Banana Recipes to Savor

Please experiment with us. Check out these sites and learn new ways to enjoy our qualities.

pastrywiz - You can find Banana Coconut Cream Pie (YUM) and Banana Fruit Cake (we are fruity enough without all those others butting in!). And so many others to try.

Allrecipes - You can find more recipes here including Almond Banana Chocolate Muffins (now that is something for date night!) and Banana Crumb Muffins.

Banana Recipes - Baked bananas (told you we were hot!), Banana milkshakes (we can get a little shook up), and Banana Punch ( the life of the party).

Banana Recipies.net - Banana waffles and Fried Bananas are just a few of our kind you can find here.

Southern Food - This site is a treasure trove of banana love: Banana Bread (a classic), Banana Pudding (we are puddy in your hands), Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas (great on a hot summer night), Banana Crepes (not creeps), Bananas Foster (beyond delicious), Honey Ambrosia (if we weren't sweet enough), and Bananads in Rum Custard are just a few. Oh, my. I need to lie down.

Recipezaar - You will find almost 5 thousand ways to enjoy us. You'll see Baked Banana Dessert Omelet and Banana Crackers. Stop in and see the others awaiting you.

Here is another one here on HubPages that shows you how to use us in a fruit salad. 

Enjoy!

 

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      Sarah Butland 5 weeks ago

      I LOVE bananas! Thanks for writing this.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Bananas the fruit with 'a-peel' woops I meant to spell appeal. Who could have guessed all that about Bananas. Thanks for sharing.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      bill, thank you. I've never see a real banana tree.

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      billnad 8 years ago

      Great Banana info. I was at Dole plant in Hawaii earlier this year and besides pineapples they also had Banana trees. I never got to try a really fresh banana but I am sure they taste a lot different then a store bought one

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      You are welcome, family man.

      I have to say that this article has become a daily joke in our household. Just this morning, my husband and oldest child took a banana, drew a face on it, and had it talking to me through the doorway. We cannot go to the store without someone having the bananas start to talk. I've started something I cannot stop!!!!

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      Thefamilyman 8 years ago from Aberdeen North Carolina

      Very informative

      Thank you

      kenny

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      I was surprised to find they do more than make banana splits :)

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      Who knew a bunch of bananas could help a bunch of ailments.

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      Amazing! And friends in Thailand tell me they have different fruits every month of the year. We are limited in the Midwest US and the other fruits and vegetables sound exciting.

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      countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

      There are some fruits begining with Z: http://www.crfg.org/pubs/fl/commonSZ.html

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      Yes, my brain is definitely on a signal for something tonight. Glad it's a fun something. Looking forward to all your Hubs on foods. :)

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thank you. I'm actually got an alphabetical list of foods that I plan on writing. You must be on the same wavelength tonight.

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      RGraf - you have your own dedicated box at A Guide to the Banana.

      Of course, you will now have to write a fruit Hub for each letter of the alphabet. Much fun! What fruit begins with Z I wonder...? :)

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      countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

      Good hub. Now I will go bananas and have bananas....LOL

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thank you, umkeyra. I enjoyed writing it.

      Patty, I began laughing as soon as I read Sue Grafton's name. I had not even thought of that. Then you said "Stop Laughing". I laughed harder the more I read your comments. THANK YOU!!!!!

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      umkeyra 8 years ago from Beijing, China

      Good hub, interesting little-known facts for us who are ignorant of the banana. I enjoyed reading it.

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      Not only entertaining, but a title recalling the Alphabet Murders series of Sue Grafton (A is for Alibi...etc.). Stop laughing - there COULD be a murderous banana, especially if Shadesbreath and B.T. Evilpants start to influence bananas. lol.

      I think I want to send a link to your Hub from mine [A Guide to the Banana] that tells how Pres. Eisenhower & the Feds promoted bananas south of the border to import up here with a campaign called "The Kremlin Hates Bananas."

      Cheers!

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      I'm blushing. Thank you so much. That really means a lot.

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      hubber-2009 8 years ago from India

      about this page..

      B is for Best..

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thank you! (Bow) Thank you! (Bow).

      Maybe all us bananas could create a new ode to the banana.

      thanks for the laugh tonight.

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Take a bow, banana! Great hub RGraf - thanks! Maybe a banana ballad would be in order to replace the banana song? I have 3 varieties growing in my garden so if you ever swing by this way, you can talk to them, sing to them, whatever before you eat them :)

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      I have to say that this article has become my downfall at home. My family got such a kick out of it that when I bought some bananas last night, my husband picked them up out of the cart and had them "talking" to me in the middle of the grocery store. I began to eat one today and they started "speaking" for the banana. I'm glad they are getting a good laugh out of this one!

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      baban78 8 years ago from California

      great post; keep it up!

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      Rebecca Graf 9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thanks, Brad. It is so interesting to read how everyone eats them. I cringed when you mentioned peanut butter only because I could never eat that. My children love it like that however.

      Enjoy your bananas (and peanut butter). :)

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      brad4l 9 years ago from USA

      Very Cool Hub :)The banana has got to be one of my favorite fruits. I usually pick up a bundle when I go shopping and eat them plain or with peanut butter. In fact, when I was a child, I probably lived off of peanut butter banana sandwiches. I will have to let my dog try one next time, like mistyhorizon2003 said, I bet she would like them too.

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      Rebecca Graf 9 years ago from Wisconsin

      OK, I didn't know about the dog part. I'll have to begin giving my little one some. Thanks for the info.

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      Cindy Lawson 9 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I like Bananas with evaporated milk poured over the sliced up banana and sugar scattered on top, Yummy.

      Bananas are also an excellent treat for dogs and help to ensure your dog's heart remains healthy.

      Great Hub :)

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      Amanda Severn 9 years ago from UK

      Great hub! I love banans even though they can't really be grown here except in hothouses. I used to give my children mashed bananas as a weening food when they were babies.

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      Rebecca Graf 9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Oh, no! I hope not. Here we are finding the cost going up, too. But I keep a watch and get a few extra when the sales appear. Maybe with gas prices going down some we'll see a drop in our food bills - maybe!

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      pgrundy 9 years ago

      Great hub! I heard that guy who wrote "Bananas: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World" on NPR a few weeks back. He was pretty interesting. He said due to diseases and so forth we may see bananas disappear in our lifetime! oh no! I love 'em. But they definitely have gone up in price. Used to be around 29 cents a pound a year or two ago, now they are around 59 cents a pound around here.

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      Rebecca Graf 9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Glad I didn't money on the table then :)

      I love them in bread and banana pudding that only my mother could make so good.

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      justmesuzanne 9 years ago from Texas

      Well, you would bet wrong because I buy a dollar bag of bananas at the store every week and have them plain, in banana bread, in shakes, and just about any other way I can get the 'et up before they all turn black! Bananas are good and good for you! :)

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      Rebecca Graf 9 years ago from Wisconsin

      I thought of that song later. You could say it is that one, too.

      LOL, we each have our quirks I guess.

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      Rochelle Frank 9 years ago from California Gold Country

      OH, I thought you were talking about the Chiquita Banana song!

      My father-in-law had several reasons for not liking bananas:

      1. They are yellow.  (?)

      2. They are crooked. ( apparently he favored more symmetrical fruits.)

      3. (MY favorite) They have too much flour in them. ( They do have a different texture than most other fruits.)

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      Marian Swift 9 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Thank you, Banana! I remember an abandoned housing tract in Hawaii where sugar cane and bananas still grew. Playground Paradise!

      Is "Macarena" or "Day-O" the offending song?

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      Marian Swift 9 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Sheesh, sorry about that! Please delete all the duplicates.

      So that's the song! Yeah, I suppose all that Banana Fanna Fo-ing can get awfully old.

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      Rebecca Graf 9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Bob, Thanks.

      Moondaisy, it is really called the Name Game and goes like this:

      The name game!

      Shirley!

      Shirley, Shirley bo Birley Bonana fanna fo Firley

      Fee fy mo Mirley, Shirley!

      Lincoln! Lincoln, Lincoln bo Bincoln Bonana fanna fo Fincoln

      Fee fy mo Mincoln, Lincoln!

      Come on everybody!

      I say now let's play a game

      I betcha I can make a rhyme out of anybody's name

      The first letter of the name, I treat it like it wasn't there

      But a B or an F or an M will appear

      And then I say bo add a B then I say the name and Bonana fanna and a fo

      And then I say the name again with an F very plain and a fee fy and a mo

      And then I say the name again with an M this time and there isn't any name that I can't rhyme

      Arnold! Arnold, Arnold bo Barnold Bonana fanna fo Farnold Fee fy mo Marnold Arnold!

      But if the first two letters are ever the same, I drop them both and say the name like Bob, Bob drop the B's Bo ob

      For Fred, Fred drop the F's Fo red

      For Mary, Mary drop the M's Mo ary

      That's the only rule that is contrary.

      Okay?

      Now say Bo: Bo

      Now Tony with a B: Bony Then Bonana fanna fo: bonana fanna fo Then you say the name again with an F very plain: Fony Then a fee fy and a mo: fee fy mo Then you say the name again with an M this time: Mony And there isn't any name that you can't rhyme Every body do Tony! Pretty good, let's do Billy! Very good, let's do Marsha! A little trick with Nick! The name game

       

      It's a fun game with kids and friends.

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      Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

      Welcome to hubpages banana, thanks for the info.

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      Moon Daisy 9 years ago from London

      I'm a big fan of you bananas. I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't know that you didn't grow on trees. They do look like trees to me, but what do I know?!

      You're full of very good stuff, and the banana recipes sound delicious. You've convinced me; I'm going to eat a banana now!

      Um, I don't want to antagonise you, but what's the banana song? I'm not sure I know that one...

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      Rebecca Graf 9 years ago from Wisconsin

      JenArt - you flatter us bananas. Thank you for your beautifully "plain" compliment. My family and I appreciate it. :)

      Rochelle - Thank you. Must be overly tired tonight and let the giggles take over. It was fun.

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      Rochelle Frank 9 years ago from California Gold Country

      Cool-- First hub I have ever read written by a banana. Very creative and informative.

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      JenArt 9 years ago

      Mmmmm, no need for recipes. I lurve my bananas just plain!!!!!!!! I'm craving one now, thanks a lot. ;)