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August

Banana Lover’s Day

Posted by Brittany

Banana Lovers DayBananas come in a large variety of sizes, colors and flavors, including yellow, purple, and red bananas, fuzzy and striped bananas, and bananas that taste like strawberries when they’re cooked. But in everyday life the term “banana” usually refers to the sweet “dessert” bananas available at grocers across the country. Banana fruit is grown from banana plants, which are often mistaken for trees, but are actually the largest herbaceous flowering plants. They are native to the tropical South and Southeast Asia, and are grown in at least 107 countries for various uses. Not only does banana fruit provide a great source of fiber, potassium, and vitamin B6 when eaten, but the plant can also be used to manufacture textiles and paper, and banana leaves are used as natural food containers in some parts of Southern Asia. Bananas are one of the most loved fruits and can be fried, boiled, baked, or even grilled. In fact, the average person ingests approximately 33 pounds of the popular fruit each year.

I professed my love for bananas a couple of days ago when we celebrated National Banana Split Day. They’re just so delicious, and a perfect and heathy snack when you’re looking for something simple to eat. Today, Chris and I considered a few different ways to celebrate Banana Lover’s Day — banana smoothies, banana bread, banana popsicles, chocolate-covered bananas — but when it came right down to it, we were both craving the real deal. So off we went to the grocery store in search of a regular bunch of bananas to help us celebrate today’s “unofficial,” but also to provide some yummy sustenance over the next few days. We’d actually tried to prepare early by picking up some bananas last night, but the “Hurricane Irene” crowds had attacked the produce section of our closest grocery store, leaving no banana behind. Today we braved the hurricane lines at Walmart, feeling lucky to have found an abundance of bananas. They weren’t quite ripe, but we’re each eating one now and agree that they’re still delicious. Let’s face it: it’s just hard to go wrong with a banana!

Let’s hope that we don’t lose power during the storm! We’ll need our computers tomorrow for Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day!

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