Let's Go Bananas!

Hosted by ali Bresnahan
Group active since Wed, Sep 14, 2011

I live in Hawaii and have a lot to share with you about bananas. Not only are they extremely healthy, the way they grow is very interesting. I hope to post some banana pictures for you, and hope we can all share banana recipes! Aloha!

Larinda Cook
Oct 31, 2012

How to Ripen Bananas in 1 hour

I Love Banana recipes..
I wanted to share something quick and easy.
Baking in the oven... Makes Them taste totally even better than ripening with age!!

This recipe was shared with me from a very good cook who never knew anything about modern cooking.. She cooked in a wood cookstove, the old fashioned way.

I like learning new things .. So for you that have never tried this please do and let me know what you think...

Monica H
Oct 29, 2011

Crazy Banana Man - is it possible to love bananas too much..?

... I don't think so! If you are near this place (Altadena, CA - southern Cali); you should definitely check it out!

It is the "largest museum and collection devoted to a single fruit" per the Guinness Book of World Record people.


Sep 25, 2011


A friend sent me this email and I'd like to share it with the group:

A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about bananas.
He said the expression "going bananas"is from the effects of bananas on the brain.Read on:

Never put your bananas in the refrigerator!
After reading this you'll never look at a banana in the same way again.

Bananas contain three natural sugars-sucrose,fructose and glucose combines with fiber.
A banana gives an instant,sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout.No wonder the banana is the number one fruit of world's leading athletes.

But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit.
It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions,making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression:According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression,many felt much better after eating a banana.This is because bananas contain tryptophan,a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin,known to make you relax,improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS:Forget the pills-eat a banana.The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels,which can affect your mood.

Anemia: High in iron,bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure:This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt,making it perfect to beat blood pressure.so much so the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power:200 students at a Twickenhan (Middlesex,England) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast,break and lunch in a bid to boost brain power.Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake,sweetened with honey.The banana calms the stomach and,with the help of honey,builds up depleted blood sugar levels,while the milk soothes and re-hydrated your system.

Heartburn:Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body,so if you suffer from heartburn,try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness:Snacking on bananas between meals helps keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito Bites:Before reaching for the insect bite cream,try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin.Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves:Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort foods like chocolate and chips.Looking at 5,000 hospital patients,researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs.The report concluded that,to avoid panic-induced food cravings,we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

Ulcers:The banana is used as a dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness.It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases.it also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Stomach & Tobacco Use:Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking.The B6,B12 they contain as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them,help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress:Potassium is a vital mineral,which helps normalize the heartbeat sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance.When stressed our metabolic rate rises,thereby reducing our potassium levels.These can be rebalanced with the help of a high=potassium banana snack.

Strokes:According to research in the New England Journal of Medicine,eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by stokes by as much as 40%.

Warts:Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart,take a piece of banana and place it on the wart,with the yellow side out.Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape.

So,a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills.When you compare it to an apple it has four times the protein,twice the carbohydrate,three times the phosphorus,five times the vitamin A and iron,and twice the other vitamins and minerals.It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around.So maybe the time to change that well-known phase so that we say"A banana a day keeps the doctor away"

Monica H
Sep 15, 2011


I have 7 bananas in my freezer. Thought about making a banana bread about 3 bananas ago, lol. Hate throwing them away so this has turned into 7 frozen bananas.

Sep 14, 2011

Love Bananas

I've thought about creating a banana group,glad you did! I'm looking forward to your banana pictures and recipes. I have a good banana bread recipe(doesn't everybody?) I'll post.