EN on Foods

March 2015 Issue

Go Bananas!

The folklore. Bananas didn’t arrive in the Americas until the 16th century, by way of Portuguese sailors, but they’re one of our favorite fruits. Americans eat, on average, about 30 pounds annually. Bananas originate in Southeast Asia, but their name comes from the Arab word banan, meaning “finger.” The banana’s botanical name, Musa sapientum, translates to “fruit of the Wise Men,” from the legend that Indian gurus sat in the shade of the plant’s large leaves while they meditated. Bananas have long held folkloric health benefits; Chinese medicine practitioners recommend them for lowering blood pressure and relieving constipation and hemorrhoids. Even the peel is used by some cultures for polishing silverware and shoes, and soothing mosquito bites.

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