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Ripen Fruits with a Banana

Ripening tomatoes with banana, photo by PH Morton

Food Tips

Ripen Fruits with a Banana

 

Now that summer has rolled into autumn, it is now time to gather in the fruits and vegetables still in the garden before the onset of cold weather and frost.

 

 

From his experience of keeping an allotment for more than 50 years, Mick, our neighbour, and good friend has lots of tips for gardening and how to store the yield produce.

He said to ripen green tomatoes, store them with a banana in a closed container. We use spare space in a kitchen drawer.

Peter applied this tip with a few green tomatoes last night and when he checked them this morning and found that they had started to ripen. (See above photo)

Remember!

Do not refrigerate an unripe banana.  The temperature of the fridge will halt the natural ripening process of a banana and would now remain green and unripe even when taken out of the fridge.

Banana, Peach & Strawberry Thrill

Pleasure in a Glass

DSCN6844This drink is all about joy to the senses.

The corporation of strawberries, peaches and bananas bound by full cream milk and natural yogurt is one of pure indulgence; an early morning treat to the body.

Try this and you will know what I mean.

Before taking a sip, try to inhale that clean, sumptuous scent of bananas, peaches and strawberries with a hint of maple syrup.  Close your eyes and let your sense luxuriate in anticipation of the treat within your grasp.  Enjoy.

Ingredients:

(The amount of ingredients is enough to serve two.)

300ml full cream milk or if lactose intolerant, try soya milk.

2 tbsp natural yogurt

1 tbsp maple syrup

1 banana, peeled and sliced

1 peach, peeled, stoned and sliced

4 strawberries, hulled

To Make:

It very easy to make, just two steps and you are done!

1.  Put all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.

2.  Pour into two glasses and enjoy!

Cheers

 

 

 

Bananas – Yellow Miracle

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A bunch of bananas, Photo by JMorton

Superfood: Bananas

Bananas – Yellow Miracle

A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about bananas. He said the expression ‘going bananas’ is from the effects of bananas on the brain. Read on:

Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!!

This is interesting.
After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again.

Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.

But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS: Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia : High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey.. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.IMG_0092

Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. InThailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood Enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking &Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals.

It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe it’s time to change that well-known phrase so that we say,

‘A banana a day keeps the doctor away!’

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Eat a banana on a daily basis to relieve dry eyes.  Bananas are rich is potassium which help balance the sodium in your body, thus help release fluid in your cells.

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Shipping is a terrible thing to do to vegetables. They probably get jet-lagged, just like people.
~Elizabeth Berry

Bananas are perfect for making smoothies, because they give that smooth, thick and tasty consistency to the drink.

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Did you know?

Banana is not a tree but a giant herb.

According to an Indian legend, the banana was the fruit of contention in Eden for Adam and Eve rather than the apple.

 

 

The Legend of Bananas (Alamat ng Saging)

Banana Plant, Photo by PH Morton

Banana Plant
Photo by PH Morton

In Bicol, a long time ago, there lived a lovely girl named Malinay.

She was a brave and spirited girl. She was not afraid to go deep into the forest all by herself.

Ever since she was a small girl, Malinay heard stories about the fairies. The people in her village would often talk about hearing the fairies calling each other at night.   She was told that these supernatural beings lived in nearby springs and lonely caves.

In spite of all these talks, no one had actually seen a fairy. And Malinay, being a young girl, became curious. So she started wandering near the caves and springs, hoping that she could see a fairy.

Unknown to this lovely Bicol lass, a handsome young fairy was watching her, this fairy’s name was Baltong. He was the son of the chief of the fairies.

Day after day Baltong watched the young Malinay play around the springs and caves. Soon he felt himself falling in love with her that he made himself visible in the form of a human being.

One afternoon he waited for Malinay. And when the girl came, he approached her. The girl was frightened at first. However, he told her not to be alarmed because he meant no harm.

This first meeting was followed by many. As days went by the two young people became friends. This started the romance of the forest. Once a week Malinay and Baltong would meet at the same place. Soon they longed for each other’s company.

Baltong spoke to Malinay about his love. As the girl had also fallen in love with him, without much trouble, accepted his love.

Then came the day when Baltong could no longer stay in human form. It was prohibited by the traditions of the supernatural beings for any fairy to stay in human form forever.

Malinay could not understand it when Baltong said good-bye. He tried to explain, but this only made things worse. Malinay cried and cried.

“I want to go with you” she wept. “I can’t live without you.”

“I know, But I can not stay on,” said Baltong tearfully. “My time as a mortal being is over. I have to go back to where I belong.”

In her grief, Malinay embraced Baltong very tightly. She begged and begged him not to leave her. But the young man’s borrowed time had come and his leaving could not be postponed. His body slowly faded away.

Malinay tried her best to hold on to her lover. She clasped him very tightly. However, what was left, by this time, was the hands of the young man. The rest of the body had disappeared.

As Malinany held these hands in grief and sorrow she heard a voice. “Bury these hands in remembrance of me.”

Malinay did as her lover told her. The following day, she saw a beautiful plant with soft stalks and wide green leaves. Each day she watched it grow. Until one day, it bore some strange-looking fruits which resembled human hands – and those where the first bananas!

F. Landa Jocano

Bananas Photo by PH Morton

Bananas
Photo by PH Morton