~ posted by Ann G.
In order to celebrate tonight’s food fest at the Central Library, with exhibitors and speakers to encourage us learn about and appreciate our food even more than we already do, let’s consider one of the most ubiquitous foods around: the banana.
According to Chiquita Bananas, the average American eats 27 pounds of bananas a year—it is one of our most beloved fruits (actually, to be botanically correct it’s an herb). In fact, the very fact of our massive consumption of bananas is endangering the predominant variety, the Cavendish. The health benefits of bananas are quite amazing, since they are high in potassium and fiber. And they’ve caught the public imagination so much that there are banana museums in California and in our own Auburn.