Fresh facts: Banana
Bananas are one of the only fruits that are grown all year-round. All fresh bananas that you see in supermarkets are grown in Australia – not imported – due to threat of pests and disease to our local farm producers.
Bananas are packed with nutrition. They are a great source of potassium, vitamin C, carbohydrates, fibre, antioxidants, vitamin B and bananas are low in GI.
Bananas are ideal for a balanced afternoon snack when you are feeling tired.
The taste and texture of a banana develops as it ripens. Bananas that are yellow with just the hint of brown will be at their most flavoursome.
Slightly greener bananas have a firmer texture and are often better for cooking and salads.
Soft overripe bananas are sweeter and perfect for eating and making smoothies.
Overripe bananas can be peeled and frozen to use later in cakes, puddings and smoothies.
Recipe for banana smoothie
- 1 banana
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1.5 cups almond milk for a nuttier taste than cows milk
- 1 tblsp honey
- 1 cup ice
- Combine all ingredients in a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
The scientific name for banana is musa sapientum, which means “fruit of the wise men”.
Last Reviewed: 24/02/2021
Your Doctor. Dr Michael Jones, Medical Editor.