Their natural sweetness makes ripe bananas a favorite for cooking and baking. Let’s take a look at some delicious ripe banana dishes.
18. Deep fried bananas
19. Grilled bananas
20. Smashed Bananas
21. Sugary bananas
22. Sun-dried flexible bananas
23. Bananas burn wine
24. Banana Vinegar
25. Banana Snack
How to ripen bananas quickly?
Bananas produce an invisible gas called ethylene as they ripen. Place the banana in a paper bag and fold the top of the bag over. Ethylene will build up in the bag and ripen the bananas faster. You can also place another fruit inside the bag that releases ethylene, such as apples or avocados to speed up the ripening process even more.
You can read more about how to preserve bananas here.
Benefits of eating bananas
Bananas are one of the best fruit sources of vitamin B6
Your body easily absorbs vitamin B6 from bananas and one medium banana can provide about a quarter of your daily vitamin B6 needs.
Vitamin B6 helps your body:
– Production of red blood cells,
– Metabolizing carbohydrates and fats, turning them into energy,
– Metabolism of amino acids,
Remove unwanted chemicals from your liver and kidneys, and maintain a healthy nervous system.
Vitamin B6 is also good for pregnant women as it helps to meet the developing needs of the fetus.
Bananas are a significant source of vitamin C
You may not associate bananas with vitamin C but a medium-sized banana will provide about 10% of your daily vitamin C needs.
Bananas can aid digestion and help beat gastrointestinal problems
One medium banana will provide about 10-12% of your daily fiber needs. The Health Promotion Board of Singapore recommends a daily fiber intake of 20g for women and 26g for men.
Manganese in banana is very good for your skin
One medium-sized banana provides about 13% of your daily manganese needs. Manganese helps your body make collagen and protects skin and other cells against the damaging effects of free radicals.
Bananas give you energy
Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose – that give you fat and cholesterol-free energy. Therefore, bananas are the ideal food, especially for children and athletes, for breakfast, as a mid-day snack or before and after sports.