Banana

By Jasmine Clark

The Banana

There are many different types of bananas. There are Apple Bananas, Cavendish Bananas, Lady Finger Bananas, Pisang Raja Bananas, Williams Bananas and Plantain Bananas.

Fruit Classification

The Banana is classified as a tropical fruit.

Description and Nutrients

The banana appears to be a cresent shape and has a distinct shade of yellow. Its taste is often very sweet. Bananas are low in calories and are high in fiber. Bananas contain many sources of vitamins such as Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Vitamin E, and a very small portion of Vitamin K.

Common cookings methods

There are many ways to cook bananas.Some different methods include baking them, frying them, dehydrating them to make them dried bananas or you can just leave them as it is.

Recipes commonly used with Bananas

Materials

3cups cold milk

2pkg. (3.4 oz. each) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding

30 NILLA Wafers

3 bananas, sliced

1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed


Directions

BEAT pudding mixes and milk with whisk 2 min. Let stand 5 min.

ARRANGE half the wafers on bottom and up side of 2-qt. serving bowl; top with layers of half each of the banana slices and pudding. Repeat all layers. Cover with COOL WHIP.

REFRIGERATE 3 hours.


Banana Muffins

Total Time: 45 min.Prep: 20 min.Cook: 25 min.

Yield: 12 Muffins


Ingredients


  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups smashed bananas (about 4 to 6 bananas)
  • 1/2 cup vegtable oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cups chopped walnuts

Directions


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly brush a 12-muffin tin with butter and set aside.

Whisk the flour, baking soda brown sugar, and cinnamon together in a medium bowl; set aside.

Whisk the banana, oil, milk, eggs, salt, and vanilla in a large measuring cup with a spout or another bowl.

Make a small well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour wet ingredients into the center; then stir with a wooden spoon until the dry ingredients are moistened but still lumpy. Do not overmix the batter or your muffins will come out dense. Gently stir in the nuts. Divide the batter evenly into the muffin tin.

Put the muffins in the oven and immediately reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees F. Bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the cooking. (Insert a toothpick into the center of a muffin to check if it is done. Toothpick should come out clean). Cool muffins in the pan on a rack for a couple minutes. Turn the muffins out of the pan and cool on the rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Banana Nut Bread

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons soda
  • 4 cups flour
  • 6 large bananas, very ripe, mashed
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans

Preparation:

Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Sift dry ingredients together; add to creamed mixture. Stir in bananas and chopped pecans.

Pour banana nut bread batter into 2 well-greased loaf pans; bake at 325° for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. This banana nut bread recipe makes 2 loaves.






Interesting Facts

  • The average banana weighs around 125 grams
  • A banana contains around 75% water.
  • When you get a mosquito bite, if you rub the peel of the banana on it reduces itching and swelling.
  • Eating a banana helps soothe heart burn.