Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Buying Banana

We hold our own affinities, and normally I don't require myself to explain the choices and decisions I've made. But since most of my friends are curious why the name 'banana' is coined in my official blog, well I would indulge their curiosity as well as I would happily recount the fond facts of what the fruit that contributes a large part in my being.

1. Since we all have our preferences, I like banana the best. Yes, it is my most favorite fruit. I love the taste, that is one. It has a distinct sweet flavor that we can only associate with banana. It's not associated to any citrus or cider flavor. The flavor is distinct. It's sweet, but not overly sweet. Smelling it, like orange soothes the mind, but unlike citrus scents, it doesn't hold any acidity.

The texture is soft. The texture and softness of the fruit is very convenient to babies who are growing teeth, and for those who are losing theirs. I could understand that some might find it like eating shit like what a blogger sited in cfssquared.com, but I think that's just an overly active state of mind. I hardly read foods/fruits regarding in the shitty effect.

2. Moving along the, shitty aspect, well bananas are prime movers and shakers of feces. If you get the point already, then move on to number three, but if not, well, graphically speaking, it molds waste in your body in a very solid and ideal form. Since banana is rich source of fiber, which is good for the body in eliminating toxics and waste, then banana is a good agent to flush it out.

3. Aside from the taste, bananas are also convenient. They easily peel like getting candy. It doesn't involve a lot of prerequisite steps to get to the fruit. They can easily be bought per piece or grouped.

4. Bananas are also flexible. It could be eaten raw, fried, baked, steamed, ingredients of a main meal, topping to a dessert and be the desert in itself. They are very versatile yet everything they produce from banana cake, banana chips, to stewed beef with banana, steamed banana, they all have a distinct and soothing flavor. If I might extend, banana leaves are very useful. It could be used as a plate, umbrella for some and a main ingredient in the retail industry. The harvested shoots are suitable for table clothes, kimonos etc. Banana fiber is also used to produce an alternative source of paper, which is plainly called banana paper, according to wikepedia.

5. Bananas are environment friendly. Their convenience to the consumer is also convenient to nature. The peelings are rich in minerals and can be easily disposed as it is biodegradable.

6. Bananas are cheap. Need I say more? Most of the products from bananas are distinct, yet loved by masses like "banana-q" "banana chips" "turon" etc. Like other fruits, banana doesn't need to be refrigerated.

And here are some basic infos about banana (from Wikepedia)

"Ray comfort uses the banana as a proof of the existence of a God. He argues that since it is easily held, has a ripeness indication (colour), is easily peeled, has a biodegradable wrapper and is nutritious must mean that it was designed. Comfort says this designer is the Christian God.[11] However, numerous atheist rebuttals arose explaining the dramatic differences in appearance and nature of the wild variety of the fruit and the domesticated version which has been selectively bred for thousands of years for the characteristics Comfort claimed were divinely created. As a result, Coleman conceded that his argument had no validity in 2006"

"Bananas are also humorously used as a phallic symbol due to similarities in size and shape. This is typified by the artwork of the debut album of The Velvet Underground, which features a banana on the front cover, yet on the original LP version, the design allowed the listener to 'peel' this banana to find a pink, phallic structure on the inside."

Top banana Producing Nations: (In milion Metric Tons)

1. India 16.8
2. Brazil 6.7
3. China 6.4
4. Ecuador 5.9
5. Philippines 5.8
6. Indonesia 4.5
7. Costa Rica 2.2
8. Mexico 2.0
9. Thailand 2.0
10. Colombia 1.6
11. Burundi 1.6
*Source UN food and Agricultural Org

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