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The versatile banana can be a quick fix for what ails you

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Bananas originated in the jungles of Malaysia and, with the help of travelers, found their way from there to India. When Spanish explorers came to the New World, so did the banana.

Sailors aboard ships sailing in the Caribbean brought a few bananas to their families in America. They were introduced to the American public at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. Each banana was wrapped in foil and sold for 10 cents.

Banana is very versatile in the way it is eaten. Bananas are eaten raw, cut in slices with sugar and cream, roasted, fried, boiled, made into fritters, preserves and marmalades.

In Eastern Africa, you can even buy banana beer. The banana is available to grocers yearround because they are harvested every day of the year. The average American eats about 28 pounds of bananas each year.

The banana is a natural remedy for many illnesses. It has twice the vitamins and minerals, four times the protein, and five times the vitamin A and iron when compared to the apple.

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