THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT BANANAS
As early as the 15th century, the banana found its way from Southeast Asia via Africa to Europe and South America – whose countries are now among the largest exporters of the sweet fruit.
The banana is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world.
Bananas are available all year round as they are grown in and imported from more than 30 countries around the world. The perennial fruit feels at home in a tropical, warm, humid climate. The most important importing countries include Colombia, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Panama.
The word “banana” comes from Arabic and means finger. From a purely botanical point of view, bananas are berries. Hard to imagine because of the shape, but all fruits that emerge from a single ovary are called berries.
In Europe, three of the many types of bananas are mainly used. These include the:
Fruit Banana, Plantain, and Textile Banana.
In our latitudes, the yellow fruit banana, which is the second favorite fruit of the Germans, is the most common. It is used as a breakfast snack, as a meal before or after exercise and as a snack between meals. The normal fruit banana contains up to 70% water and many carbohydrates in the form of starch.
The banana also contains a lot of fructose and provides the body with a lot of energy. It offers a high content of minerals such as potassium and contains vitamins A, B, C and E. The dry substance of bananas is therefore also found in many diet powders.