National Banana Lovers Day is a real holiday for everyone who loves a sweet, fragrant, and incredibly popular and healthy fruit. Bananas saturate our body with vitamins from groups B, PP, and C, potassium, silicon, calcium, and magnesium. They improve digestion, normalize heartbeat and blood pressure, and calm the nervous system. Thanks to the participation of silicon in the synthesis of collagen, banana lovers have elastic skin and excellent hair.
It is not known who came up with the idea to celebrate National Banana Lovers Day on August 27th.
Here are some facts about bananas that you should know for this holiday:
- The word “banana” in one of the African languages means “finger”.
- The first bananas were brought to the United States in 1870 by Cape Cod captain Lorenzo Doe Baker. He imported 160 bunches of bananas from Jamaica to Jersey City, New Jersey.
- Baker brought Gros Michel, but today we don’t eat it – it was completely destroyed by the “Panamanian disease” (fungal infection). In the United States, the Cavendish variety is used, which has proven to be resistant to Panama disease.
- By 1910, bananas had become so popular in the US that banana peels became a problem. People would throw them right on the streets, and passers-by would slip and injure themselves. The authorities of St. Louis even issued a special ordinance in 1910 prohibiting the discarding of banana peels on the streets. Until the sanitary services took over the disposal, it was picked up by the Boy Scouts.
- The term “banana republic” (a weak state whose economy exists due to banana exports) was coined by the American writer O. Henry.
- The main importer of bananas in the United States, the United Fruit Company, later called Chiquita, sought to make the banana the most popular. In the 1950s, the company published cookbooks that suggested using a banana as both a fruit and a vegetable: some of the recipes looked strange, like banana soup and banana roll with ham. But today there is also banana vodka, Jufran banana ketchup, banana chips, and banana bread.
How to take part
Celebrate National Banana Lovers Day deliciously: buy bananas or make your favorite dessert out of them. Treat family and friends.
When is National Banana Lovers Day celebrated in 2023?
National Banana Lovers Day is observed on August 27 each year.