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A MALAYSIAN FRUIT
Bananas originally came from the region of Malaysia. Writings dating back to the 6th century mention Alexander the Great relishing his first taste of this fruit. The fruit reached Africa around 650 CE where slave traders began using them as bargaining chips. By 1402, Portuguese sailors were bringing bananas to the Caribbean and Central America. It was during this time that Arabic slave traders were credited with giving bananas their name, banan, which is Arabic for finger, back then the bananas were not the 8 to 12 inches you see today, they were the size of a finer. The Spaniard’s saw it’s similarity to the plane tree that grows in Spain, and was so named platano by the Spanish. In 1876, to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence Bananas were wrapped in foil and sold for 10 cents. Bananas are high in iron, B vitamins, potassium, magnesium, fiber, Tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin. The banana is not a tree; it is the largest herb in the world.
A banana is an edible fruit, botanically a berry, produced by several kinds of large herbaceous flowering plants in the genus Musa. (In some countries, bananas used for cooking may be called plantains.) The fruit is variable in size, color and firmness, but is usually elongated and curved, with soft flesh rich in starch covered with a rind which may be green, yellow, red, purple, or brown when ripe. The fruits grow in clusters hanging from the top of the plant.
Almost all modern edible parthenocarpic (seedless) bananas come from two wild species named Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana. The scientific names of most cultivated bananas are Musa acuminata, Musa balbisiana, and Musa x paradisiaca for the hybrid Musa acuminata x M. balbisiana, depending on their genomic constitution. The old scientific name Musa sapientum is no longer used.
Musa species are native to tropical Indomalaysa and Australia, and are likely to have been first domesticated in Papua New Guinea. They are grown in at least 107 countries, primarily for their fruit, and to a lesser extent to make fiber, banana wine and banana beer and as ornamental plants.
Worldwide, there is no sharp distinction between bananas and plantains. Especially in the Americas and Europe, banana usually refers to soft, sweet, dessert bananas, particularly those of the Cavendish group, which are the main exports from banana-growing countries. The Cavendish banana is the most common banana type sold. By contrast, Musa cultivars with firmer, starchier fruit are called plantains. In other regions, such as Southeast Asia, many more kinds of banana are grown and eaten, so the simple two-fold distinction is not useful and is not made in local languages.
The term "banana" is also used as the common name for the plants which produce the fruit. This can extend to other members of the genus Musa like the scarlet banana (Musa coccinea), pink banana (Musa velutina) and the Fe'i bananas. It can also refer to members of the genus Ensete, like the snow banana (Ensete glaucum) and the economically important false banana (Ensete ventricosum). Both genera are classified under the banana family, Musaceae.
Cavendish bananas are the main commercial banana cultivars sold in the world market.In global commerce in 2009, by far the most important cultivars belonged to the triploid AAA group of Musa acuminata, commonly referred to as Cavendish group bananas. They accounted for the majority of banana exports, despite only coming into existence in 1836. The cultivars Dwarf Cavendish and Grand Nain (Chiquita Banana) gained popularity in the 1950s after the previous mass-produced cultivar, Gros Michel (also an AAA group cultivar), became commercially unviable due to Panama disease, caused by the fungus Fusarium oxysporum which attacks the roots of the banana plant. Cavendish cultivars are resistant to the Panama Disease but in 2013 there were fears that the Black Sigatoka fungus would in turn make Cavendish bananas unviable. Ease of transport and shelf life rather than superior taste make the Dwarf Cavendish the main export banana.
Even though it is no longer viable for large scale cultivation, Gros Michel is not extinct and is still grown in areas where Panama disease is not found. Likewise, Dwarf Cavendish and Grand Nain are in no danger of extinction, but they may leave supermarket shelves if disease makes it impossible to supply the global market. It is unclear if any existing cultivar can replace Cavendish bananas, so various hybridization and genetic engineering programs are attempting to create a disease-resistant, mass-market banana.
RIPENING EXPORT BANANAS
Export bananas are picked green, and ripen in special rooms upon arrival in the destination country. These rooms are air-tight and filled with ethylene gas to induce ripening. The vivid yellow color consumers normally associate with supermarket bananas is, in fact, caused by the artificial ripening process. Flavor and texture are also affected by ripening temperature. Bananas are refrigerated to between 56.3°F and 59.0°F during transport. At lower temperatures, ripening permanently stalls, and the bananas turn gray as cell walls break down. The skin of ripe bananas quickly blackens in the 39°F environment of a domestic refrigerator, although the fruit inside remains unaffected.
Ripened bananas (left, under sunlight) fluoresce in blue when exposed to UV light. Tree-ripened Cavendish bananas have a greenish-yellow appearance which changes to a brownish-yellow as they ripen further. Although both flavor and texture of tree-ripened bananas is generally regarded as superior to any type of green-picked fruit, this reduces shelf life to only 7 to 10 days.
Bananas can be ordered by the retailer "ungassed" (i.e. not treated with ethylene), and may show up at the supermarket fully green. Guineos verdes (green bananas) that have not been gassed will never fully ripen before becoming rotten. Instead of fresh eating, these bananas are best suited to cooking, as seen in Mexican culinary dishes.
A 2008 study reported that ripe bananas fluoresce when exposed to ultraviolet light. This property is attributed to the degradation of chlorophyll leading to the accumulation of a fluorescent product in the skin of the fruit. The chlorophyll breakdown product is stabilized by a propionate ester group. Banana-plant leaves also fluoresce in the same way. Green bananas do not fluoresce. The study suggested that this allows animals which can see light in the ultraviolet spectrum (tetrachromats and pentachromats) to more easily detect ripened bananas.
STORAGE & TRANSPORT
Bananas must be transported over long distances from the tropics to world markets. To obtain maximum shelf life, harvest comes before the fruit is mature. The fruit requires careful handling, rapid transport to ports, cooling, and refrigerated shipping. The goal is to prevent the bananas from producing their natural ripening agent, ethylene. This technology allows storage and transport for 3 to 4 weeks at 55°F. On arrival, bananas are held at about 63"F and treated with a low concentration of ethylene to initiate ripening. After a few days, the fruit begins to ripen and is distributed for final sale. Unripe bananas can not be held in home refrigerators because they suffer from the cold. Ripe bananas can be held for a few days at home. If bananas are too green, they can be put in a brown paper bag with an apple or tomato overnight to speed up the ripening process (a natural way of producing ethylene ripening agent).
Carbon dioxide (which bananas produce) and ethylene absorbents extend fruit life even at high temperatures. This effect can be exploited by packing banana in a polyethylene bag and including an ethylene absorbent, e.g., potassium permanganate, on an inert carrier. The bag is then sealed with a band or string. This treatment has been shown to more than double lifespans up to 3 to 4 weeks without the need for refrigeration.
For retailers, the most popular banana shades are between 2.5 and 3.5, but much depends on the retailer's size and target market. The grocery chain, which sources its bananas from banana distributors in a major city, expects to hold bananas for a couple of days, and will therefore buy greener bananas than a smaller markets that turns its stock over on a daily basis. Street vendors as well as shops serving a mostly Latin American customer base like fully ripe yellow in the 7s.
The healthiest ripeness of a banana is an 8. In a study done at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, researchers foud that BanLec (banana lecithin), the proteins derived from the dark patches of Full Ripe bananas could be developed into a useful anti-HIV, immunopotentiating and anti tumor agent. It can inhibit the production of tumors and prevent viral replication. One full ripe banana daily can increase immunity.
BANANA USES, HEALTH BENEFITS, & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE
MEDICAL & NUTRITIONAL USES
A banana is a natural remedy for many ailments helping to overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.
When you compare it to an apple, five times the vitamin A and iron, it has four times the protein, three times the phosphorus, twice the carbohydrates, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, 'A Banana a day keeps the doctor away!’
ANEMIA: Bananas, high in iron, can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and therefore, can help in cases of anemia.
ANTIOXIDANT: Banana peel has displayed antioxidant activity in vitro, especially from unripe extracts.
BLOOD PRESSURE: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
BRAIN POWER: Bananas, high in potassium, helps to better brain functioning. Two hundred students at a Twickenham school in England were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Scientific research has shown that the potassium-packed banana can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
CONSTIPATION: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives. This fruit helps restore normal bowel movements.
DEPRESSION: Eating a Banana can also alleviate depression and reduce stress. According to a recent survey amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
ENERGY: The high content of carbohydrates makes of them a very good source of energy, for example, for people practicing sports.Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A Banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenous 90 minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy is not the only way a banana can help us keep fit.
GLUCOSE MANAGEMENT: The vitamin B-6 in Bananas helps regulate blood glucose levels.
HANGOVERS: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
HEARTBURN: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
MORNING SICKNESS: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
MOSQUITO BITES: Externally, Banana can be used to treat insect bites and the accompanying swelling and irritation. Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing the swelling and irritation.
NERVES: Bananas are high in B-vitamins that help calm the nervous system. Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.
NICOTINE: The B-6, B-12, A and C vitamins along with the potassium and magnesium found in this fruit help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B-6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
ULCERS: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chroniclercases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
TEMPERATURE CONTROL: Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
WART REMEDY: Placing a Banana skin, yellow side out will kill off a wart. Binding the skin to the wart and letting it stay there overnight you will see a difference in this wart in less than ten days.
FIBER & TEXTILES: The banana plant has long been a source of fiber for high quality textiles. In Japan, banana cultivation for clothing and household use dates back to at least the 13th century. In the Japanese system, leaves and shoots are cut from the plant periodically to ensure softness. Harvested shoots are first boiled in lye to prepare fibers for yarn-making. These banana shoots produce fibers of varying degrees of softness, yielding yarns and textiles with differing qualities for specific uses. For example, the outermost fibers of the shoots are the coarsest, and are suitable for tablecloths, while the softest innermost fibers are desirable for kimono and kamishimo. This traditional Japanese cloth-making process requires many steps, all performed by hand.
In a Nepalese system the trunk is harvested instead, and small pieces are subjected to a softening process, mechanical fiber extraction, bleaching and drying. After that, the fibers are sent to the Kathmandu Valley for use in rugs with a silk-like texture. These banana fiber rugs are woven by traditional Nepalese hand-knotting methods, and are sold RugMark certified.
In South Indian state of Tamil Nadu after harvesting for fruit the trunk (outer layer of the shoot) is made into fine thread used in making of flower garlands instead of thread.
BANANA PAPER: Banana fiber is used in the production of banana paper. Banana paper is made from two different parts: the bark of the banana plant, mainly used for artistic purposes, or from the fibers of the stem and non-usable fruits. The paper is either hand-made or by industrial process.
ADHESIVE: Banana sap from the pseudostem, peelings or flesh may be sufficiently sticky for adhesive uses.
WEATHER PROTECTION: The large leaves may be used as umbrellas.
HEAVY METAL REMOVAL: Banana peel may have capability to extract heavy metal contamination from river water, similar to other purification materials. In 2007, banana peel powder was tested as a means of filtration for heavy metals and radionuclides occurring in water produced by the nuclear and fertilizer industries (cadmium contaminant is present in phosphates). When added and thoroughly mixed for 40 minutes, the powder can remove roughly 65-percent of heavy metals, and this can be repeated.
BANANA NUTRITION INFORMATION
Bananas are an excellent source of vitamin B-6, soluble fiber, and contain moderate amounts of vitamin C, manganese and potassium. Along with other fruits and vegetables, consumption of bananas may be associated with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer and in women, breast cancer and renal cell carcinoma. Banana ingestion may affect dopamine production in people deficient in the amino acid tyrosine, a dopamine precursor present in bananas.
BANANA NUTRITIONAL ANALYSIS
Musa acuminata, Musa balbisiana, Raw
Nutrition Value Per 100 Grams (3.5 Ounces)
(Source: USDA National Nutrient Data Base)
Principle Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA Energy 89 Kcal (371 kJ) Carbohydrates 22.84 g Protein 1.09 g Total Fat 0.33 g Sugars 12.23 g Dietary Fiber 2.6 g Vitamins Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA Folates (B-9) 20 µg 5% Vitamin B-6 0.4 mg 31% Pantothenic Acid (B-5) 0.334 mg 7% Niacin (B-3) 0.665 mg 4% Riboflavin (B-2) 0.073 mg 6% Thiamin (B-1) 0.031 mg 3% Vitamin C 8.7 mg 10% Choline 9.8 mg 2% Electrolytes Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA Sodium 1 mg 0% Potassium 358 mg 8% Minerals Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA Fluoride 2.2 µg 2% Iron 0.26 mg 2% Magnesium 27 mg 8% Manganese 0.27 mg 13% Phosphorus 22 mg 3% Zinc 0.15 mg 2% UNITS
µg = Micrograms
mg = Milligrams
IU = International Units
Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database
Bananas are a staple starch for many tropical populations. Depending upon cultivar and ripeness, the flesh can vary in taste from starchy to sweet, and texture from firm to mushy. Both the skin and inner part can be eaten raw or cooked. The banana's flavor is due, amongst other chemicals, to isoamyl acetate which is one of the main constituents of banana oil.
During the ripening process, bananas produce the gas ethylene, which acts as a plant hormone and indirectly affects the flavor. Among other things, ethylene stimulates the formation of amylase, an enzyme that breaks down starch into sugar, influencing the taste of bananas. The greener, less ripe bananas contain higher levels of starch and, consequently, have a "starchier" taste. On the other hand, yellow bananas taste sweeter due to higher sugar concentrations. Furthermore, ethylene signals the production of pectinase, an enzyme which breaks down the pectin between the cells of the banana, causing the banana to soften as it ripens.
Bananas are eaten deep fried, baked in their skin in a split bamboo, or steamed in glutinous rice wrapped in a banana leaf. Bananas can be made into jam. Banana pancakes are popular amongst backpackers and other travelers in South Asia and Southeast Asia. This has elicited the expression Banana Pancake Trail for those places in Asia that cater to this group of travelers. Banana chips are a snack produced from sliced dehydrated or fried banana or plantain, which have a dark brown color and an intense banana taste. Dried bananas are also ground to make banana flour. Extracting juice is difficult, because when a banana is compressed, it simply turns to pulp. Bananas feature prominently in Philippine cuisine, being part of traditional dishes and desserts like maruya, turron, and halo-halo or saba con yelo. Most of these dishes use the Saba or Cardaba banana cultivar. Bananas are also commonly used in cuisine in the South-Indian state of Kerala, where they are steamed (puzhungiyathu), made into curries, fried into chips (upperi) or fried in batter (pazhampori). Pisang goreng, bananas fried with batter similar to the Filipino maruya or Kerala pazhampori, is a popular dessert in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. A similar dish is known in the United Kingdom and United States as banana fritters.
Plantains are used in various stews and curries or cooked, baked or mashed in much the same way as potatoes, such as the Pazham Pachadi prepared in Kerala.
Seeded bananas (Musa balbisiana), one of the forerunners of the common domesticated banana, are sold in markets in Indonesia.
Banana hearts are used as a vegetable in South Asian and Southeast Asian cuisine, either raw or steamed with dips or cooked in soups, curries and fried foods. The flavor resembles that of artichoke. As with artichokes, both the fleshy part of the bracts and the heart are edible.
Banana leaves are large, flexible, and waterproof. They are often used as ecologically friendly disposable food containers or as "plates" in South Asia and several Southeast Asian countries. In Indonesian cuisine, banana leaf is employed in cooking method called pepes and botok; the banana leaf packages containing food ingredients and spices are cooked on steam, in boiled water or grilled on charcoal. In the South Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala in every occasion the food must be served in a banana leaf and as a part of the food a banana is served. Steamed with dishes they impart a subtle sweet flavor. They often serve as a wrapping for grilling food. The leaves contain the juices, protect food from burning and add a subtle flavor. In Tamil Nadu (India) leaves are fully dried and used as packing material for food stuffs and also making cups to hold liquid foods. In Central American countries, banana leaves are often used as wrappers for tamales.
The tender core of the banana plant's trunk is also used in South Asian and Southeast Asian cuisine, and notably in the Burmese dish mohinga.
BANANA DOSAGE INFORMATION
Eating a Banana a day is the best defense against many conditions listed above, but this fruit also can come in other forms and be an ingredient in other products.
BANANA SAFETY, CAUTIONS & INTERACTION INFORMATION
The Banana is safe for consumption and for use as a medicinal aid as part of a nutritional diet.
In treating blood pressure or heart problems, it is best to seek the advice of your health care provider instead of trying to self-medicate.
THE LATEX & BANANA FOOD ALLERGY CONNECTION
Individuals with a latex allergy may experience a reaction to bananas (as well as avocados and kiwi fruit). If you have a banana allergy then you suffer from allergies Type 1 or contact allergy. The protein found in banana called chitinase, causes the immune system in some individuals to overreact and treat the protein as harmful to your body. The reason the body overacts to certain foods is not clear and more studies are needed. The protein called chitinase is also found in avocado and kiwi fruit.
Another cause of the allergy reaction could be due to intolerance to bananas and not a true allergy reaction. This intolerance could be caused by Vaso-active amines. Vaso-active amines are histamine like substances that occur naturally in foods and can trigger symptoms that can mimic allergy reactions. Vaso-active amines are called histamine, phenyl-ethylamine, serotonin, tyramine and dopamine. Serotonin is found in banana, and the symptom of serotonine ingestion include cramping, flushing of the skin, headache, and heart palpitations. The severity of the symptoms is dependent on the amount the histamine like substance ingested and the lack of the histamine metabolizing enzyme diamine oxidase in your system.
Most food allergy or food intolerance reactions usually happen within a few minutes to a few hours after eating the bananas. Most mild to moderate reactions last less than a day and can involve a rash on the skin, cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, runny nose, watery eyes, wheezing and coughing. For individually that are allergic to banana symptoms may not appear or the symptoms may be to mild to be noticed the first few times bananas are eaten. Sensitivity can develop over time and can start out very mild and slowly develop into life-threatening allergic reactions.
A cross-reaction is also a very common problem in individuals who are allergic to banana. If a person suffers from an allergic reaction to the protein in bananas a possibility to being allergic to the same proteins in latex is very high. Other foods to watch out for cross-reaction with a banana allergy are avocado, kiwi and chestnut.
Always consult your health care provider if you have concerns about an allergic reaction. If you have a reaction, call your health care practioner or call 911 for emerrgency assistance and transport to a medical facility for treatment. Allergies can be life threatening very quickly for some sensitive individuals. An allergist can use a skin test to check for common and specific allergen sensitivities and to help pinpoint food and environmental causes.
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BANANA HERBAL & RELATED PRODUCTS
QUALITY PRODUCTS & SUPPLEMENTS
BANANA HERBAL PRODUCTS
HerbsPro: Probiotic Acidophilus With Bifidus, Chewable Banana, American Health, 100 Tabs (13604)
HerbsPro: Acidophilus Culture, Banana, American Health, 16 fl. oz. (13607)
HerbsPro: Intestinal Conditioner Powder, Vanilla Banana, Natures Life, 12 oz. (89567)
HerbsPro: No More Monsters, Banana, Herbs For Kids, 125 Tabs (79287)
HerbsPro: Insure Herbal, Orange Banana, Zand Kids, 1 oz. (20383)
HerbsPro: Banana Nutritional Drink, Pediasure, 8 oz. (6 Pack) (102290)
HerbsPro: Banana Ultramet, Champion Nutrition, 20 Packets (61261)
HerbsPro: Banana Vegan1 Shake, Nutrition 53, 1.82 lbs. (112905)
HerbsPro: Iron-Tek Essential, Natural Banana, 2 lbs. (79000)
HerbsPro: Banana Prostar Whey Powder, Ultimate Nutrition, 2 lbs. (94060)
HerbsPro: Banana Prostar Whey Powder, Ultimate Nutrition, 5 lbs. (94058)
HerbsPro: Banana Coconut Organic Bar, Pure Bar, 1.7 oz. (Case of 12) (107579)
HerbsPro: Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Mix, Now Foods, 10.2 oz. (115102)
TakeHerb: Orange-Banana Kids Insure Herbal Formula, Immune System Support, Zand, 1 fl. oz.
TakeHerb: Banana Ultramet, Champion Nutrition, 76 Grams, 20 Packets
TakeHerb: Banana Ultramet, Champion Nutrition, 76 Grams, 40 Packets
TakeHerb: Banana Pure Whey Protein Stack, Champion Nutrition, 5 lbs.
TakeHerb: Acidophilus With Bifidus Chewable Wafers, Banana Flavor, American Health, 100 Wafers
Kalyx: Banana Chips, Sweetened, Dutch Valley, 7 oz. (Case of 12): GR
These crunchy chips make the perfect pick me up at any time of day. Pair these banana chips with mixed nuts and other dried fruits for a healthy snack that will keep your body energized.Each case consists of twelve, seven ounce bags.
Kalyx: Banana Split Delight Snack Mix, Dutch Valley, 12 oz. (Case of 12): GR
The Banana Split Delight Snack Mix is a great on-the-go snack that tastes just as good as the ice cream sundae it is named after. Hints of strawberry, pineapple, chocolate, caramel and banana are combined with just the right amount of crunchy almonds and peanuts to satisfy your sweet tooth. Each case consists of twelve, 12 ounce bags.
Kalyx: Ripened Sweet Banana Powder (Musa Acuminata), Kalyx, 1 kg (2.2 lbs.): EB
Kalyx: Banana Fruit Powder (Lagerstroemia Speciosa), Kalyx, 1 kg (2.2 lbs.): RF
Kalyx: Banana Fruit 4:1 Extract Powder (Lagerstroemia Speciosa), Kalyx, 1 kg (2.2 lbs.): RF
Kalyx: Banana Flakes, Kalyx, 1 kg (2.2 lbs.): EB
Kalyx: Banana Diced, Kalyx, 1 kg (2.2 lbs.): EB
Kalyx: Banana 4:1 Powdered Extract, Kalyx, 1 kg (2.2 lbs.): EB
Musa acuminata; syn: Musa cavendishii; Musa chinensis; Musa corniculata; Musa sinensis, etc.
Kalyx: Banana Freeze Dried 3/8-inch Pieces, Charleston Nut Company, 5 lbs: GN
Kalyx: Banana Chips, Charleston Nut Company, 5 lbs: GN
Kalyx: Dark Chocolate Banana Fruit Chips, Charleston Nut Company, 5 lbs: GN
Crispy bite sized Banana Chips drenched in milk chocolate make this unique snack one that the entire family will love!
Kalyx: Banana Split Delight Snack Mix, Dutch Valley, 5 lbs. (Case of 2): GR
The Banana Split Delight Snack Mix is a great on-the-go snack that tastes just as good as the ice cream sundae it is named after. Hints of strawberry, pineapple, chocolate, caramel and banana are combined with just the right amount of crunchy almonds and peanuts to satisfy your sweet tooth. Each case consists of 2/5 pounds.
Kalyx: Banana Split Delight Snack Mix, Dutch Valley, 5 lbs. (Case of 4): GR
The Banana Split Delight Snack Mix is a great on-the-go snack that tastes just as good as the ice cream sundae it is named after. Hints of strawberry, pineapple, chocolate, caramel and banana are combined with just the right amount of crunchy almonds and peanuts to satisfy your sweet tooth. Each case consists of 4/5 pounds.
Kalyx: Banana Chips, Unsweetened, Ziba Nut, 14 lbs: GN
These unsweetened banana chips may be low in sugar, but they are still packed with sweet banana flavor that makes them a sweet and crunchy treat all in one! Banana chips are a perfect snack by themselves, or add to your favorite snack mixes for a sweet and salty treat that the whole family will love. Each case consists of fourteen pounds.
Kalyx: Banana Chips, Sweetened, Ziba Nut, 14 lbs: GR
Sweetened banana chips are packed with the sweet, intense taste of banana. These crunchy chips make the perfect pick me up at any time of day. Try pairing these banana chips with mixed nuts and other dried fruits for a healthy snack that will keep your body energized and your taste buds happy. Each case consists of fourteen pounds.
Kalyx: Banana Chips, Sweetened Organic, Ziba Nut, 14 lbs: GR
Organic banana sweetened banana chips have a sweet, intense taste of banana. These crunchy chips make the perfect pick me up at any time of day. Try pairing these banana chips with mixed nuts and other dried fruits for a healthy snack that will keep your body energized and your taste buds happy. Each case consists of fourteen pounds.
Kalyx: Milk Chocolate Banana Chips, Granola Kitchens, 20 lbs: GR
Crispy bite sized Banana Fruit Chips drenched in dark chocolate.
Kalyx: Banana Juice Powder (Musa Paradisica), Kalyx, 25 kg (55 lbs.): GV
Kalyx: Dark Chocolate Banana Fruit Chips, Charleston Nut Company, 25 lbs: GN
Crispy bite sized Banana Chips drenched in milk chocolate make this unique snack one that the entire family will love!
Kalyx: Redi-Pak Banana Creme Filling, Henry & Henry, 2 lbs. (Case of 12): GR
Redi-Pak Banana Creme Filling is full of fresh banana flavor to help you make the perfect crème pie every time. Each case consists of twelve, two pound bags.
Kalyx: Banana Caramel Pancake Mix, New Hope Mills, 20 oz. (Case of 12): GR
Enjoy the taste of perfectly ripe bananas and sweet caramel in each bite of pancake made with this delicious mix. Top with whipped cream and sliced bananas for an extra special breakfast. Each case contains twelve 20 ounce packages.
Kalyx: Banana Nut Nourishing Food Bars, Odwalla, 2 oz. (Case of 15): K
Nourishing Food Bar made with fruit and whole cereal grains! Delicious Baked Banana Nut Goodness, excellent Source of Antioxidants Beta Carotene, Vitamin C and E. Excellent source of Calcium & Folate. 20 grams of whole grains per bar! No GMA Nourishing the whole body.
Kalyx: Banana Split Taffy Squares, New England Confectionary, 15 lbs: GR
Enjoy the sweet banana split flavor in every piece of these soft and chewy taffy squares! Each piece is wrapped, making it easy to treat yourself to a square of sweetness even when you are on the go. Each case consists of fifteen pounds.
Kalyx: Banana Liquid Stevia, Cid Botanicals, 1 fl. oz.: HF
Kalyx: Banana Baking Flavor, Frontier Natural Brands, 2 fl. oz: K
Kalyx: Banana Flavored Extract, Old Hickory, 2 oz. (Case of 12): GR
This water based flavoring is produced in Pennsylvania and is made with the finest distilled banana oil. Add this oil for banana flavor to candy, specialty dishes, baked goods and other desserts. If kept in a cool, dark place with the lid tightly secured the flavoring will stay fresh longer. Each case consists of twelve, two ounce bottles.
Kalyx: Banana Flavoring, Old Hickory, 20 oz. (Case of 12) : GR
Banana flavoring is perfect for use in baked goods, beverages and ice cream. Try adding this flavoring to your favorite muffin or bread batter to make great tasting banana bread or muffins. Each case consists of twelve, two ounce bottles.
Kalyx: Banana Manna Plant Essential Oil Stimulant, For Garden Plants, Tropical Organics, 1 Quart: HY
Proteins in bananas contain potent hormones and vitamins that boost essential oil production in plants. Banana Manna stimulates production of these oils, which gives herbs, fruits and vegetables more flavor. Strawberries are sweeter, peppers are hotter, and basil smells and tastes stronger.
Kalyx: Banana Manna Banana Extract Flavor Stimulant, For Garden Plants, Tropical Organics, 1 Gallon: HY
Tropical Organics Banana Manna Flavor Stimulant Garden Fertilizer stimulates the production of essential oils, which gives plants better flavor. Strawberries are sweeter, peppers are hotter, and basil is more "basily." Concentrated Organic extract of Banana and Exotic Tropical Plants. Banana Manna is an organic nutrient additive so it will not affect salt build-up or TDS. Banana Manna will not make herbs, fruits, or vegetables taste like banana! Once the proteins are isolated in banana what is left are potent hormones and vitamins that boost essential oil production in plants. Essential oils are what give flavor to herbs, fruits, and vegetables. Rich in Vitamins, Minerals, Hormones, and Enzymes. Use as a foliar or root feed through the entire growing cycle in or hydroponics. Produces stronger, more distinctive flavors in your plants. Should be used as an additive to a fertilizer solution.
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