125. The Lovely Banana
What a wonderful fruit the banana is, popular
over the world. Its three colors tell you
ripe it is. Green means go, as in
find another banana. Yellow means eat me. Brown
eat me but don’t bother chewing before you
. The only thing that would make a banana
user-friendly is if you could eat the peel.
, a banana is neat to eat. When you
into it, you don’t have to worry about
squirting all over yourself and your dinner neighbors (
oranges or grapefruit, for example). And it’s a
food—you can chew it all you like without
your neighbors crazy with crunching sounds (like apples
carrots, for example). Finally, it’s easy to cut—you
’t need a steak knife. You can slice it
a fork or a spoon, if you like.
’re never too young or too old to eat
. Babies eat mashed bananas before their teeth grow
. Great-great-grandparents eat mashed bananas after their teeth fall
The banana is versatile. You can fry it,
it, mash it, or eat it raw. You
slice it and put it on your breakfast
. At lunchtime you can snack on a raw
, or make a peanut butter and banana sandwich,
eat a bag of dried bananas. You can
a banana to your ice cream for dessert
call it a banana split. You can order
healthful banana smoothie at your local smoothie store.
weekends you can order a banana daiquiri at
local bar or restaurant.
Here in the US,
get most of our bananas from Ecuador and
Rica, although the fruit reportedly originated in Asia.
give us lots of potassium and vitamins A
C, and hardly any sodium. The price of
hasn’t changed much over recent years—they’re still about
cents a pound, despite rising gas and labor
. If that’s too expensive, you can still get
pounds for a buck at many dollar stores.