Bridging the gap

Bananas are one of the most widely eaten fruits in the world. Their colour ranges from yellow to red when ripe and they come in different sizes.

Bananas are a vital source of energy. They are also rich in potassium which cuts down on high blood pressure. Bananas are rich in components that stimulate digestion

Cavendish Banana

The most common type of banana is the Cavendish banana. This variety is the most widely grown especially in the tropics. It grows from 15-25cm and turns yellow when ripe. Cavendish bananas are mainly eaten fresh and can be used for salads, baking, yoghurts, smoothies and pudding.

Red Banana

The Red bananas are a bit sweeter than thier yellow counterparts. The inside can be pink or yellow but the skin varies from purple to maroon or even black. The red banana contains more Vitamin C than the yellow banana. Similarly, red bananas can be eaten fresh, as salads, used for baking or dried to make banana chips.

Plantain Banana

Plantain bananas are starchy and have low levels of sugar. It has to be cooked before serving since it is unsuitable to eat it raw. They are used in savoury dishes and mainly as a substitue for potatoes. They are sold in their green colour but may turn blck and the inside is creamy, yellowish or light pink. Plantain bananas are longer than their yellow counterparts and have a thicker skin.