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Going Bananas in August

Updated on August 16, 2019

August, Time to Go Bananas!

That's right, August is the month of bananas with this weird celebration on August 27th, Banana Lovers Day! This weird holiday has me just positively going bananas over the banana! I have decided to share some of the silly facts about bananas that I have found and I promise I won't monkey you around too much!(get it? get it?). The banana is such a versatile and sometimes under-appreciated fruit that doesn't get the credit that it deserves! People all over the world enjoy the fruit of the banana tree in its many forms, from the common yellow bananas we are used to seeing here in the states to the small green plantains of Central American cuisine there are quite a few varieties and an absolute plethora of ways to enjoy the banana, the slippery peeled fruit of the month of August!

A bunch of bananas to go bananas about this August! MMMMM
A bunch of bananas to go bananas about this August! MMMMM

Starting From the Beginning, Bananas

Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana

Originally cultivated in South East Asia, bananas have been spread all over the world by modern trade allowing even the most remote monkey to go bananas over their next split! With records of cultivation for the banana going back to 5000 BC there is little question into whether the banana itself have always been a favored culinary delight. Bananas grow on a tree that itself grows from what is called a colm, a special sort of root formation. The bananas as we almost all know grow in large groups called bunches, so yes you can go bananas a bunch of times! Banana trees have made their ways all over the globe in today's monkey friendly world, from the pacific islands to the Caribean, and even spots in Florida and California, it almost seems like the whole world is going bananas at times!

Bananas Not Just For Eating!`

That's right, all around their range, bananas have long been recognized by the locals as not only a great food source, but a beautiful plant! That's right, some people value bananas for their beautiful blossoms and flowers. Some people even like to put them under odd situations, like a black light! Did you know that bananas actually glow blue while under an ultraviolet light?

You can't help but admire the beauty on the banana blossom.
You can't help but admire the beauty on the banana blossom.

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Did you know, bananas are still green when they are picked and are "aged" on the trip to your local retailer so that they will appear to be just ripening as you get them at the store?

Adding Bananas to your breakfast is a great way to start your day!
Adding Bananas to your breakfast is a great way to start your day!

Adding fruit is a great way to make sure that you are helping to start your day as healthy as possible, one of the simplest ways to do this is to 86 that syrup on your morning stack of pancakes. Instead add some low far whipped cream, some fresh berries, a little powdered sugar, and of course a few slices of banana for an equally delicious and ultimately more nutritious addition to your breakfast.

You don't have to just eat your bananas you can drink them in a delicious fruit smoothy.
You don't have to just eat your bananas you can drink them in a delicious fruit smoothy.

Bonkers for Bananas

Going Bananas in August

Every year Sacramento California plays host to a banana festival in August, though the celebrations do not always fall on Banana Appreciation Day, the festival still pays homage to this wonderful fruit by offering food, games, and other events all celebrating around the beloved banana. This festival has been known to include: banana juggling, the monkey act, a banana cooking contest, and of course, a banana eating contest! For those of you in the banana eating mood, or if you are just looking to go bananas this August and are in the area you should make a point of stopping out and trying many of the banana recipes being offered by vendors, from banana ice cream to fried bananas on a stick you cannot go wrong as long as you go bananas and let your inner monkey out!

Did you know, you can extend the life of your bananas by placing them into a resealable bag with some potassium permanganate without having to ever chill them?

Want to Grow Your Own Bananas?

Why Your Doctor May Tell You to Eat More Bananas

Bananas are a natural and easy to procure ingredient in many recipes that will make your doctor happy!
Bananas are a natural and easy to procure ingredient in many recipes that will make your doctor happy!

Bananas are known to be healthy, but what about them makes them so healthy? Well let me share just a few of the reasons you should go bananas this August! Bananas contain 11% of your daily recommended amount of fiber and only contain about 108 calories per banana. According to several studies, potassium may be a key ingredient in a healthy diet to lowering your blood pressure and bananas are one of the fruits with the highest concentration of potassium. Not only does potassium lower blood pressure but it has been shown to help your bone health! So it seems that no matter how you serve or cut them, bananas can be beneficial in your life as an integral part of your diet!

Muffin recipe courtesy of Allrecipes.com
Muffin recipe courtesy of Allrecipes.com

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10

Total Time: 35

Serves: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large bananas mashed
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat muffin pans with non-stick spray, or use paper liners. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. Combine bananas, sugar, egg, and melted butter in a large bowl. Fold in flour mixture, and mix until smooth. Scoop into muffin pans.
  3. Bake in preheated oven. Bake mini muffins for 10 to 15 minutes, and large muffins for 25 to 30 minutes. Muffins will spring back when lightly tapped.
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Even if you're not using the fruit, the banana leaf makes for a great environmentally friendly dish or platesetting
Even if you're not using the fruit, the banana leaf makes for a great environmentally friendly dish or platesetting

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So what's Driving You Bananas?

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    • Melissa Miotke profile image

      Melissa Miotke 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      I like bananas but my kids love them. I swear they go through 5/day.

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      Jeremy Richmond 

      7 years ago from Hubbard

      @Rymom28: oooh, maybe you can deliver them some home made Banana Muffins and a couple Banana Smoothies to make sure they don't slip up!

    • Rymom28 profile image

      Rymom28 

      7 years ago

      Ha ha, I'll have to tell my parents this celebration lands on their Anniversary!

    • rawwwwwws lm profile image

      rawwwwwws lm 

      7 years ago

      Great lens! Drove me bananas!

    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice lens. I like bananas, have one everyday. Thanks for sharing a lot of good info on bananas. Blessed.

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      Jeff Johnston 

      7 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Love bananas... thanks for this lens, its very neat.

      There was a time when I hated bananas, I had walking pnumonia that wouldn't go away and caused a potassium imbalance, had to eat half a banana and a potassium pill every hour on the hour without fail. Grew to hate bananas for a long time, but I am over that now and back to enjoying them :D

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      jlshernandez 

      7 years ago

      I like bananas with ice cream. I also like to mash th eover-riped bananas and make banana bread. Thanks for sharing.

    • HhaosThorngage profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeremy Richmond 

      7 years ago from Hubbard

      @Steph Tietjen: Just simple pancakes, you can skip on all the sugar i syrup by adding a little light whipping cream and some fresh berries and bananas to your morning stack to save a few calories and make it a healthier breakfast!

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      Stephanie Tietjen 

      7 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Very nice work. Very attractive lens with good info. What is that desert or is it pancakes?

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