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September 18, 2012

Bananas! Bananas!

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

I love bananas!  Always have . . . and I assume, I always will!  And I am not alone!  Did you know that bananas are the most popular fresh fruit in the United States?

Bananas have been around a long time.  It is believed that bananas date back 4000 years!  Were bananas in the Garden of Eden?  Perhaps not . . . since the Bible indicates Adam and Eve sewed fig leaves together to cover their nakedness.  Just one banana leaf would have done the job!

Bananas were first introduced in the United States at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition held to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.  Bananas were an immediate celebrity!  There was a sudden rush for bananas.  And who does not like bananas . . .  certainly monkeys, elephants, rabbits, and all who love natural sweetness.

Bananas contain three natural sugars: sucrose, fructose, and glucose!  Bananas can give an immediate boost of energy and are a good source of potassium and fiber!  So they are good for you!  But enough about bananas . . . I am more interested in my relationship to them.

Having lived in Central American and all over Florida, we have always had banana trees.  Well, it is not really a tree, but the world’s largest herb.  The banana tree (uh, herb) can grow up to 30 feet tall.  Most people have seen the fruit from the banana tree.  It grows in clumps called hands.  Right now, in our garden we have an unusual tree.  One of the trees is producing a double clump, or stalk as we call them.  All our other trees seem normal!

The Cavendish is one of the best know varieties . . . and is usually the ones found in your local market.  Some folks are fooled by the plantain.  It is a variety of banana . . . harder and usually darker used for cooking, and is a great desert.  They are excellent when fried!

I have had the joy of being deep in the jungles where bananas were abundant.  In Costa Rica, where we lived, the economy was dominated by the banana trade.  I would ride the banana plantation train deep into the forest.  The train would be loaded with bananas and brought to Limon where they were put on ships to be transported to many countries.  Often after a storm the train would have to stop so that workman could remove the large banana trees that had fallen across the tracks.  In those small villages bananas and plantains were a part of their main diet.  They would even use the banana leaves to wrap food to be cooked.

Now for me . . . give me a banana just like it is!  What a treat!  But I also have a reputation for over-eating if banana pudding is available!  But then I like all these:  banana bread, banana cream pie, banana ice cream,  a banana split, and bananas sliced on morning cereal!

I ate a banana just before I began this blog . . . and I believe I will celebrate with my favorite use of a banana — a peanut butter and banana sandwich!  Try it . . . you will probably like it!


P.S.  Could I add a word?  As the banana tree is expected to produce fruit so that we know it is a banana tree . . .  our lives are to produce fruit so that others will know we are a follower of Jesus Christ.  “By their fruit you will recognize them.”  (Matthew 7:16)


1 Comment »

  1. I like Banana’s too! Hope you are well…think of you often and ALL you did for Eddie and me.

    Terri Holman

    Comment by Terri Holman — September 18, 2012 @ 7:24 am | Reply

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