Nutritional qualities and health benefits
- They are an immediate source of energy with their carbohydrates in the form of sugar that satisfies and not fattening.
- It is rich in fiber, which aids digestion and acts as a natural antacid.
- Good source of vitamin B, riboflavin and folic acid.
- Excellent levels of potassium, higher than other fruits and nuts. It helps to have a strong heart, lowers blood pressure.
- It also has manganese, magnesium, copper and other minerals like zinc that helps maintain healthy hair.
- It is a perfect food for dieting because it helps counteract sodium and clear fluids.
- Its rich in vitamin C and phosphorus helps strengthen the mind.
Origin and cultivation
Banana is native to Southwest Asia. It is thought that came to Europe in the tenth century later were taken to Africa and South America by Portuguese sailors. Today, growing in tropical and subtropical areas of the world.
The scientific name of the plant is Musa. The banana term derived from the Arabic word banan meaning finger.
- Thedwarf variety, hardest and smaller, came to the Canaries in 1516. expanded from there to the Americas.
- The plant is often used to give a tropical feel to the garden, just as it requires care and takes up little space.
- A good cure for a hangover is a drink made from bananas, honey and milk.
- The inside of the banana peel has antiseptic properties and is used in emergencies to wrap wounds and cuts.
- The skin if applied on a mosquito bite, eliminate itching and swelling.
- The ashes of stems and leaves are used as salt.
- The stems produce a paper pulp which is produced.
- Banana starch glue can be prepared.
- The fiber sheets are used to make Japanese yen banknotes.
- The banana trees are not trees, are herbs.
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Flowerdew, Bob. El gran libro de las frutas. Kyle Cathie Limited (ed. Lit.); Anna Turró/Montse Pratsobrerroca (trad.). Barcelona: RBA Libros, S.A., 2006. 256 p. ISBN: 978-84-787-1595-4
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