Bananas

 

 

Geography
Bananas are only grown in hot, humid, tropical climates.

Science
Musaceae.

Varieties
There are hundreds of varieties of bananas grown around the world.
The Cavendish is the most popular in the United States. Other
varieties that may be found in specialty markets are: Burro, Blue
Java, Dwarf, Manzano, Mysore, Orinoco and the Plantain.

How to Select
This is the only fruit that actually gets better if it is picked
while it is unripe. When choosing a ripe banana, choose a plump
yellow banana with brown flecks. Avoid any with blemishes.

Green bananas can be bought and allowed to ripen at home on the
countertop, or they can be placed in a brown paper bag with holes
pierced through it.

Storage
Store ripe bananas on the countertop for 3 days or in the
refrigerator for several days. If you place the banana in the
refrigerator, the skin will turn brown, but the actual fruit will be
fine.

Nutritional Qualities
High in carbohydrates, low in fat, high in potassium and Vitamin C.

Trivia
Once peeled, a banana will turn brown fast! To avoid this from
happening, brush the banana with lemon juice.

Over-ripe bananas may be frozen in a plastic bag until enough bananas
have been saved to make banana bread! Thaw before using.

Wine Pairings
Zinfandel Blanc, Vouvray.

Equivalencies
1 lb. Fresh = 3 medium bananas = 2 cups sliced = 1 3/4 cup mashed = 1
cup dried

Additional Information
http://www.uffva.org

Recipes

Impossible Banana Cream Pie
Recipe By: Public domain recipes converted from Meal Master format

1 cup milk
1/3 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar -- granulated
1/2 cup Bisquick baking mix
2 bananas -- medium, sliced
1 cup whipping cream -- chilled
2 tablespoons sugar -- powdered

Preheat to 350 degrees F. Grease pie plate, 9 x 1 1/4". Beat milk,
butter, vanilla, eggs, granulated sugar and Bisquick till smooth, 30
seconds in blender on High or 1 minute with hand beater. Pour into
plate. Bake till knife inserted in center comes out clean, about 30
minutes. Cool completely. Arrange bananas slices on pie. Beat
whipping cream and powdered sugar in chilled bowl till stiff; spread
over top.

Yields: 8 servings



Banana Bread
Recipe By: Public domain recipes converted from Meal Master format

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup oil
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 bananas

Mix together the oil and eggs. Combine dry ingredients in a separate
bowl. Mash bananas and add alternately with dry ingredients to the
oil and egg mixture. Pour into greased loaf pan and bake at 350
degrees F for 50 minutes.

Yields: 10 servings
 


Amazon Fried Bananas Recipe
By: TJ Hill - Appetites Catered

4 banana -- firm ripe
1/3 cup fresh orange juice -- strained
1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
vegetable oil -- for frying
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 dash liquid hot pepper sauce
2 ounces sliced pimiento -- as garnish

Peel bananas, cut into 1/8-inch slices. Dip into orange juice. Coat
with cornmeal. Heat oil to 360-370 degrees F. Fry a few slices at a
time, until golden. Drain on a cooling rack and blot with paper
towels. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and pepper sauce. Arrange onto a
serving platter. Garnish with pimiento. Serve hot or warm.

Yields: 4 servings


By Jennifer A. Wickes.  Copyright 2002.  This article was originally published at Suite 101.


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