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Bananas and Their Many Uses

Trivia:

• In Eastern Africa you can buy banana beer. This beer is brewed from bananas.
• The word ‘banan’ is Arabic for finger.
• There are more than 500 varieties of banana in the world.
• If you rub a mosquito bite with the inside of a banana skin, it reduces swelling and irritation.
• According to “The New England Journal of Medicine” eating bananas as part of a regular diet can help reduce the risk of death by stroke by as much as 40%.
• Bananas can help sufferers of Seasonal Affective Disorder because they contain the natural mood enhancer, tryptophan.
• Many cultures see bananas as a “cooling” fruit that can lower emotional and physical temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their babies are born with a cool temperature.

Nutrition:

Bananas are low in calories, stout, sodium, and soluble fiber, which is the type of fiber that can help lower cholesterol. Bananas also contain 452 milligrams of potassium, 33 milligrams of magnesium, and one-third of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin B6.

Banana Curried Chicken

INGREDIENTS:

• 2 onions-chopped
• 50 milliliters cooking oil
• ¼ cup cake flour
• 1 cup chicken stock
• 1 cup raisins
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 2 pounds cooked, boned chicken—(cooked with seasoning)
• 5 sliced bananas
• 2 grated apples
• 2 tablespoons grated lemon rind
• 1 tablespoon sugar
• 1 and ½ tablespoons curry powder
• 1 bay leaf
• 4 peppercorns
• 1 cup cream

Fry onions in oil until light brown. Add flour and mix well. Add chicken stock gradually while stirring. Add the rest of the ingredients, except cream, cover saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove bay leaf. Mix in cream just before serving. Serve on a bed of rice. Decorate with pineapples if preferred.

Banana Sunset

INGREDIENTS:

• 8 very ripe bananas
• 2 tablespoons rum
• 2 tablespoons honey
• ½ pound butter
• 3 ounces raisins
• 2 ounces cherries
• 4 eggs
• ½ cup sugar
• ½ pound flour
• ¾ pint milk
• ½ tablespoon lime juice
• 1 ounce mixed nuts
• ½ teaspoon vanilla
• ½ cup grated coconut

Cream bananas and sugar, add eggs beaten well. Add milk, vanilla, lime juice, and flour. Mix well. Add raisins, cherries, and nuts, blend slightly. Turn out mixture in 9 inch baking dish. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Allow to cool. Cover top with whipped cream and coconut. Decorate with six carambola slices.

Jason Dick is an Internet Security Specialist and web author whose most recent notable work can be found at home.stopsign.com home.stopsign.com. He has also worked for seven years in the food services industry and is writing a series of articles regarding current food trends, many of which contain recipes for the website: recipefor.com recipefor.com



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