Putting the Best In Your Fruit Bowl
Without doubt, bananas are the most popular fruit in the UK and probably the world. They are so convenient, a nice natural package of delicious and fragrant flesh, easy to use, cheap and nutritious. Sweet bananas are great for packed lunches, picnics and snacks, can be spread on bread, mixed with cream (or yoghurt!), baked in cakes and bread and are essential in fruit salads – wow!
But don’t forget the importance of starchy bananas such as plantain, as, in many tropical countries, they are a staple form of carbohydrate in the diet.
We think sweet bananas are a must for any exciting fruit bowl, but recognise that for some, their strong flavour is an acquired taste.
The apple banana is small, sweet, easy to peel, and, at their best, completely irresistible – a true 5 Star fruit. However, although they are imported into the UK, they rarely reach our supermarkets – you are more likely to find them in ethnic corner shops. The Bananito is similar, grown in countries such as … Read More »
These are Lady Finger bananas which are sold in UK supermarkets as ‘Bananito’. They are very similar to the Apple Banana. Small and sweet and delicious. Origin: The Lady Finger Banana is a diploid (AA) cultivar of the seeded banana Musa acuminata. Grown in: Columbia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Australia
The standard Cavendish banana is the main variety grown for Western markets. It is staple fare in the supermarkets, so there isn’t much variation for consumers. Mainly, you can chose between big and small, slightly less yellow and slightly more yellow, organic and non-organic, different brands and different origins, none of which make a huge … Read More »
Cavendish Valery Origin: Grown in: Peru
Plantain is a staple diet to millions of people in East and West Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. It is a highly versatile fruit and can be cooked in numerous ways – fried, boiled, mashed, steamed, etc. Origin: Native to South and South-east Asia and Oceania. Grown in: … Read More »
Description: Finger-like fruit grown on lush fleshy trees made up of entwined leaves
Species: Musa cavendishii, Musa acuminate (Apple banana)
Storage: Bananas are pick and shipped in a green condition, then ripened in special chambers before sale. They are very sensitive to low temperature (suffering chill damage below 14oC), so need to be kept at room temperature at home – DO NOT REFRIGERATE!
Nutrition: High in Potassium and Magnesium
Grown in: Bananas are grown in all moist tropical countries, but the main commercial plantations are in Central America, Columbia, Ecuador, the Caribbean, Cameroons, Ivory Coast, India, Philippines, Malaysia and Australia.