National Banana Day is feasted on April 18th of this year. It is an annual celebration held on the Third Wednesday of Every April. Let it be yellow, green, or red, bananas of any kinds are undoubtedly an ever loved fruit globally. Bananas are a popular fruit globally and are also eaten by all sort of people irrespective of young or old and without or without the tooth. The soft and sweet texture of the banana is found to have almost all the health benefits. Bananas can be eaten as a meal and can also be included in any part of the meal. Bananas are also the most widely consumed fruit with almost 100 billion bananas are eaten every year around the world. For all these various reasons, bananas have got a special mark in the year with a day specially meant for them. Thus those who love eating bananas in different forms can now celebrate National Banana Day.
Home-made smoothies are a great way of satisfying a sweet tooth. Adding in things like frozen banana will make it taste super sweet and creamy.” – Ella Woodward
History of National Banana Day
The National Banana Day‘s history and origin are unknown. And there is no record found about its first observance and the person who has come up with this idea of celebrating the bananas. However, the history of bananas is very long, and that cannot be traced accurately. But the cultivation of bananas has stated somewhere around 5000 to 8000 BCE. As the term banana itself is a common name for the plants that produce the banana fruit, we could assume that this Day is for both the plant and fruit. The Banana Day might have been created with an intention to celebrate bananas, their health benefits and might be those who love eating it too. The students at many prestigious universities in American are using this Day as a way of celebrating bananas, a humble lunchbox standard.
The banana is found to be one of the most popular fruits consumed in the world. The bananas are an edible fruit that will be grown in clusters hanging from the top of the plant. Each cluster is called a hand, and a single banana is referred to be a finger. Thus each banana hand will have about 10 to 20 fingers. Typically, bananas will be variable in size, colour, and firmness. It is usually elongated and curved, with soft flesh rich in starch. The flesh will be covered with a rind that may be green, yellow, red, purple, or brown when the fruit gets matured. The banana plant is a largest herbaceous flowering plant which usually grows in a wide variety of soils from the lowermost portion called corm. Once after the banana plant is mature, the corm stops producing new leaves and starts flowering. The flowers become fruits which have been described as a leathery berry.
The table banana and the plantain or cooking banana are two main classifications of banana, and there were almost 1000 varieties found to be in existence. Although bananas are often mentioned as growing on trees, the banana isn’t a tree but is actually a herb. Thus the banana comes from the plant is the fruit of this herb. They are grown and harvested all throughout the year and is harvested after 8 to 10 months. Bananas are found to become from the jungles of Southeast Asia, and from there the Portuguese have brought it to America. Bananas possess higher fibre and potassium contents. Bananas help to reach your weight-loss goals, provide nutrients for regulating heart rhythm, prevent calcium loss, high blood pressure, ulcers, certain kinds of cancer and provides vitamin compounds for eye health. India is found to be the largest producer of more bananas than any other country and accounting for nearly 28 percent of the worldwide crop.
Other Celebrations on April 18
April 18 is also celebrated as
- American Red Cross Giving Day
- World Fish Migration Day
- National Tea Day
- World Creativity and Innovation Day
- National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day
- National Bulldogs are Beautiful Day
- National Kindergarten Day
How to Celebrate National Banana Day
The best way to celebrate the National Banana Day is to taste some bananas throughout the day. If you are eating the fruit salads for your breakfast, then add a little extra banana to start of the celebration. Have some banana chips as a side dish for your lunch. You can even eat banana bread, have a banana juice or smoothie. Buy some banana cupcakes or cookies or muffins for your children to let them celebrate this Banana Day. Be little more creative and try new banana recipes and treat your family and friends. You can even organize a banana-themed party at your home by inviting people around to take part in it. Make children dressed up like a banana to add more fun. Serve them food or drinks prepared using banana. You can share your Banana Day celebrations on the social media using the hashtag #BananaDay.
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