General description

The banana plant is the largest herbaceous flowering plant. Fruit is technically a berry.

Use

Bananas are good for the heart as a source of potassium and antioxidants. Banana peel can whiten the teeth – rub the peel every day for a week on your teeth for a minute. It can also remove warts by rubbing the skin on them. It can be used for pain relief by applying the peel directly on the painful area. It can heal bites by bugs (massage the peel on mosquito bites to get instant relief from itching). Good for polishing your shoes and silver or leather to make them shine.

Can protect from UV rays – leave the skin in the sun and rub it on your eyes. It is also proven to reduce the risk of cataracts.

Triptofen in bananas can help you sleep better and relax.

When can I eat it?

You can eat it it when it’s green or yellow. The skin is best eaten when ripe. The banana flower can be eaten at all stages.

Nutritional value

Bananas are source of Potassium, vit. B6, C. Unripe bananas contain starch, a type of fiber that promotes colon health. Banana skin is also rich in nutrients and carbohydrates, it is high in vit. B6, B12, magnesium and potassium.

Cooking

You can eat the banana fruit when it’s green or ripe, cooked, fried. It’s a common ingredient of Asian deserts. Cooked green bananas can be used as a potato substitute.
Banana flower can be prepared raw as a salad, cooked as a soup or fried. Making a salad: cut the heart in half, thinly slice each half and immediately place in a large bowl with water and the juice of half of lime.

Side effects

There are no significant side effects. However, eating the fruit in excess may trigger headaches and sleepiness. 
Some types of bananas, especially unripe ones, eaten in large amounts can cause digestion problems, cramps, gas, bloating and constipation. 

Pictures of the Garden

Categories: Plants