Did you know trunk-like pseudo-stems or false stem and stalks of banana plants are used to weave fabric, construct fishing lines and also to make soles for shoes? It might be one of the cheapest fruits available across the globe. However, bananas of Australia are an exception. 85% of bananas are grown in the cyclone prone areas of Australia, making them a luxury item! Here are 9 reasons why your fruit basket should always have this wonder fruit:
Vegan and fast food: If you’re a vegan, banana becomes a must as it is a great source of vitamin B6. Almost all the vitamin B6 comes from animal proteins. This type of vitamin is important for adult women. Hence, one must include a banana in the daily diet. Along with dietary fiber, banana contains natural sugars like glucose, fructose and sucrose, which provide a quick and stable source of energy and is perfect while you fast for Ganesha Chaturthi or Navratri.
Always available: The perennial plant - banana does not have a season. Grown in tropical regions, the production of this fruit is 105 million tonnes every year.
Nature’s power bar: Want to get the most of your work out session? Grab a banana – it’s rich in potassium, which prevents nerve and muscle cramps and also maintains low blood sugar. In fact, the potassium in a banana keeps mental faculties sharp and also boosts learning abilities.
Trick your sweet tooth: Your diet plan doesn’t allow you to indulge your sweet tooth? Go for a banana as it helps tame the cravings Dish up a banana pudding or a healthy banana cake. Or the fruit by itself is just enough.
Easy digestion: This fruit is easy to digest. Banana is packed with electrolytes, which gets depleted if you are suffering from tummy troubles. So whenever you suffer from vomiting, nausea or constipation, you know what to eat.
Fruit or wonder drug: Did you know banana doesn’t grow on a tree? But, on the world’s biggest herb, Musa sapientium, which is a relative of the orchid family! Plump and yellow is the banana and takes a lot of imagination to link it to such delicate flowers. In fact, these flowers contain honey, which is used to treat diabetes, ulcers, bronchitis and dysentery. It’s useful to prevent cancer and reduce high blood pressure. Moreover, its peel and pulp can be used to treat fungal infections in plants. Versatile banana leaves are not edible, but used to wrap food while cooking. They also make the best eco-friendly plates! Eating on a banana leaf is also said to have health benefits. Whether its flowers, sap, leaves, stem or peels, all parts of banana plant have important applications in medicine and industry.
Myth buster: Most people think banana is fattening, however it helps in keeping your body in great shape and good health.
Natural moisturizer: The vitamin A in this fruit helps restore the lost moisture of your skin. Make a nourishing face mask with half a ripe banana, 1 tbsp sandalwood paste and ½ tsp honey.
Dish it out: From raw banana chips to ripe banana smoothie, you can use this wonder ingredient in just about any preparation while fasting. Make banana cookies or pancakes for breakfast, banana thalipeeth or dosa for lunch, banana honey toast or muffins as a snack. In fact, you can use this ingredient to whip up a full course meal. A substitute of sugar with ultimate flavours, this seedless fruit has it all. Refer to SanjeevKapoor.com for interesting banana recipes.
Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.