Did you know that the cultivation of bananas predates rice? Wow, that is a long time. I think everyone knows something about bananas. If not, maybe you will learn something here.
Scientific Name: Musa acuminata
Acuminata means long-pointed, but not referring to the fruit, but the flower. The English word Banana is from the Guinean word, banema.
Historically, bananas are not yellow, but green or red. The yellow bananas that we are familiar with are a mutant strain discovered in 1863.
The personal physician to the Roman Emperor, Octavius Augustus was the first to promote cultivating this fruit, starting in 63BC. However, it origin is said to have been East Asia.
Bananas were brought to Europe from West Africa in the 15th Century from Portuguese sailors. Spanish missionary Friar Tomas de Berlanga brought the banana to North America
Did you know that at the Philadelphia World’s Fair in 1876, bananas were sold for 10 cents each? That is about $2.20 for ONE banana in today’s pricing. Holy Banana, Bat-Man!!
- 1 banana, frozen
- 1 tbsp coconut milk
- Lime juice from 1/2 lime
- 1/2 pineapple, frozen
To make this frozen-fruit summer drink, add all of the ingredients into a high-speed blender and mix them together for about a minute.