Edible Fruit Nutritional Facts on Bananas

What is the nutritional value of the banana? What climates are ripe for cultivating bananas? Are bananas healthy for children?

Banana cultivation

  • Sources at Purdue University Horticulture department say that the banana is a species of the the Musa plant family (also referred to as the family Musaceae).
  • According to Wikipedia, five countries account for the greatest banana production. These include Brazil, China,India, Ecuador and the Philippines.
  • Although bananas can be cultivated in most soils, the fruit is intolerant of sodium rich soil. Some banana growers conduct extreme irrigations to filter salt from sodium.
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The edible fruit, the banana prefers tropical and humid climates

  • Nevertheless, the fruit thrives best in rich, well-drained soil, preferably soil with a pH level between 5.5 and 6.5.
  • Bananas are native to extremely warm climate; in particular tropical regions where the climate never freezes.
  • Ten to 15 months is the standard span it takes for a banana to produce a flower stalk.  Since the soil conditions in California are not conducive in Southern California, many of the state’s agriculturists belong to California Rare Fruit Growers Association.

 

 

Banana Nutrition

  • One-hundred and ten is the average caloric value for a medium sized banana.
  • Bananas comprise rich sources of potassium and fiber.
  • There are 450 milligrams of potassium in bananas, and 3 grams of fiber and 1 gram of protein.
  • Organic pureed bananas are a nourishing food to serve infants opposed to canned baby food which often contains unnatural additives. In fact the American Academy of Pediatrics deems Bananas to be a safe an pure enough for a baby’s first solid food.

How often do you eat bananas? What is types of edible fruit do you enjoy in a fruit basket?

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