Bananas (Genus: Musa) have already been cultivated in New Guinea as far back as 8000 B.C. and are one of the world’s most popular fruits.
The banana tree is not a true tree though, it is a rather giant herbaceous plant related to palms, lilies, and orchids. Also, bananas are considered as berries in the botanical sense. They grow from a bulb, not a seed and as a perennial crop, each bulb sprouts new shoots every year.
Bananas have a variety of health benefits too as they are packed with potassium and pectin, a form of dietary fibre, and contain magnesium, vitamin C and B6 as well. Eating bananas for replenishing energy and electrolytes can be very effective. In Europe the banana peel is rarely eaten as they have a bitter taste and are not easy to chew but even the peels are a source of fibre, potassium and antioxidants. In other countries in the world the peels are eaten and served cooked or fried for example. In Thailand, banana flowers are eaten as a delicacy.
Generally, dried bananas have a sweeter flavour than fresh bananas and are used as a snack, for cereals, baked goods, smoothies, yoghurts and desserts.
At Tobien Trading we offer freeze-dried bananas in form of slices, granulates, powder, as well as products from organic and conventional farming.