Bananas

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Banana varieties

Bananas come in a variety of sizes and colours when ripe, including yellow, purple and red. Bananas can be eaten raw though some varieties are generally cooked first. Depending upon cultivar and ripeness, the flesh can vary in taste from starchy to sweet, and texture from firm to mushy. Unripe or green bananas and plantains are used for cooking various dishes such as banana pudding and are the staple starch of many tropical populations.

Banana chips are a snack (and a healthy alternative to potato chips) produced from dehydrated or fried banana or, preferably, plantain slices, which have a dark brown colour and an intense banana taste. Bananas have also been used in the making of jam. Unlike other fruits, it is difficult to extract juice from bananas because when compressed a banana simply turns to pulp.

Banana leaves can be used as food containers in a similar way to plantain leaves.

A banana inflorescence (group of flowers) before fruiting

How much does one cup of bananas weigh?

Estimated US cup to weight equivalents:

Ingredient US Cups Grams Ounces
Bananas fresh/raw - sliced
1
225 grams 8 ounces
Bananas fresh/raw - chopped/diced
1
200 grams 7 ounces
Bananas fresh/raw - mashed
1
300 grams 11 ounces

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Seasonal Information: Bananas

This information is specifically for countries in the northern temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere; particularly the United Kingdom, however it should be applicable for northern USA, northern Europe, Canada, Russia, etc.

Bananas are at their best and in season during the following months: February, March & April.


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