The third Wednesday of April is National Banana Day!
Some fun facts about this popular fruit (which is actually an herb):
A banana is about 100 calories and contains a lot of fiber and potassium, so it is very good for the treatment of high blood pressure, ulcers, calcium loss and some cancers.
Bananas are rich at manganese, vitamin B6 and vitamin C.
There are more than 1,000 varieties of bananas, but the most widely eaten in the United States is Cavendish.
Who Knew? Cavendish bananas were named after William Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire. Though they were not the first known banana specimens in Europe, in around 1834 Cavendish received a shipment of bananas. His head gardener and friend, Sir Joseph Paxton, cultivated them in the greenhouses of Chatsworth House. The plants were botanically described by Paxton as Musa cavendishii. For his work, Paxton won a medal at the 1835 Royal Horticultural Society show.
Some popular uses of bananas include: banana splits, banana bread, a peanut butter and banana sandwich, Bananas Foster and a frozen chocolate-covered banana.
Who Knew? Bananas Foster was named for a New Orleans businessman? Read more by clicking here.
This person is our own Dylan Elliott! Congratulations to Eric from Mount Vernon, who wins the drawstring backpack and Our Daily Bread devotional.
Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan
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