BANANAS!!!

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.

Bananas
Season: Winter
Taste: Sweet
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!!

Pine Malibu
Serves 1

Pine Malibu

  • 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.

 

Published by Culinary Chick

My name is Anna Hattauer and I love to cook. I am a personal chef living in Maryland. I grew up in California, joined the United States Army right after high school, got married, raised three children while going to college and working full time. As a young military wife and mother, we didn't have the money to go out to eat on a regular basis and had to make each pay check stretch. I learned how to prepare meals that were delicious, while staying within budget. While working full-time in the corporate world with the usual 2-3 hour I-270 commute, coupled with school & sports events, scouts and taking care of three children, it was tough to find the time or the energy to come home and prepare healthy meals for my family. Being a military family, we have traveled to many places around the world. I love trying new foods, the challenge of cooking new recipes and having friends over for dinner as well as cooking for special events. After cooking for my friends and family for over 25 years, I decided that I wanted to share my love of food and make people happy, so I dropped the corporate chaos and attended a formal culinary school and became a certified personal chef. I am a member of the United States Personal Chef Association and I am licensed, insured and ServSafe certified.

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