Banana is one of the most popular fruit in the world. One of the great things about bananas is that it is not only delicious but is also cheap and available throughout the year unlike the other fruits. Bananas are growing in more than 150 countries, producing 105 million tonnes of fruit per year. Almost 1000 varieties of bananas in the world, subdivided in 50 groups. Dwarf Cavendish & Robusta is most popular varieties. India is the largest producer of Bananas. Main Banana growing states in India are Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Banana is available in India round the year. However, arrivals of banana start increasing from April and arrivals are at peak during August to October period. The Bananas do have a great importance in other fruits due to its benefits for health.
Bananas contain great value of Vitamin B6 – It contributes to red blood cell formation, the reduction of fatigue and transporting iron through the body. Bananas contain Vitamin C – Vitamin C contributes to the reduction of fatigue, helps develop and maintain skin, bones, cartilage, blood vessels, gums and teeth, while reducing free radicals and protecting cells from oxidative damage. Bananas contain Manganese – Manganese helps maintain healthy bones and protects cells from oxidative damage. Bananas contain Potassium – Potassium helps maintain a normal blood pressure and muscle function.
A single Banana contains fiber intake for a normal adult. Fiber has been shown to improve digestive function.