National Banana Day Offers the Opportunity to Celebrate Its Goodness
April 20 is a national banana day and on this day celebration of its goodness is celebrated. So it’s a day to go and peel yourself a fruit that’s a chock-full of nutrition, and sweet flavor to enjoy with family members before bedtime for a good night’s rest.
It is a fabulous perfect food in all sorts of delightful dishes.
The popularity of banana considerably increased because of the pandemic, “it is used for the breakfast, brown bag lunch staple, and banana bread-baking revolution that took place during COVID-19, 90% of the North Americans enjoy bananas which made banana the most popular produce and the most purchase item in the supermarket,” said registered dietitian Melanie Marcus in a recent media release who is Dole’s nutrition and health communications manager.
According to Harward medical school bananas are a rich source of Vitamin B6 potassium, fiber, magnesium, vitamin C, and manganese. A medium banana contains 28 grams of carbs, about 110 calories, 15 grams of natural sugar, and three grams of fiber.
Marcus says, “many of the people who went through heightened tension and stress during the past two years discovered that it has the potential of relieving anxiety, improving mood, and provides comfort, banana has Vitamin B6 which creates the neurotransmitters of feel-good like dopamine and serotonin, and according to research they can also decrease inflammation oxidative stress levels,” wrote Marcuse in a recent release.
According to one more study, bananas that contain pre-biotics may also promote more restful sleep.
According to daysoftheyear.com, “bananas are believed to have originated from Southeast Asia. Arab conquerors brought them to the West in 327 BC, and eventually ended up in Europe.”
Bananas made their way to the Caribbean in the 1870s by missionaries and as they become less exotic and more affordable, their reputation began to grow throughout the 1800s and early 1900.
In 1904 David Evans Strickler who was an apprentice pharmacist in a local Pennsylvania Pharmacy invented the split banana, which like most pharmacists of that time had a soda fountain in the store. Its popularity within a short time spread far and wide like proverbial wildfire.
So far banana bread is concerned, research shows it was first developed in the mid-1930 during the time of a major economic crisis when each piece of food was preserved and no food was wasted, at that time many resourceful and innovative cooks incorporated over-ripe bananas into a pleasant and delicious family treat.
How to find the right banana?
You can choose the perfect banana by observing its yellow color and the ripeness desired. Banana with full yellow color is perfect for salads and immediate eating. Fully ripe bananas with speckles on the peel are the best for baking, smoothies, or recipes that specify mashed bananas.