Friday, August 12, 2011

August 12, 2011 - Green Banana

Banana is the most popular and the cheapest fruit in Brazil. We appreciate it in several ways, raw, cooked, baked, grilled, ripe or green. Yes, green bananas can be made into chips. But the latest findings came from Universidade Estadual do Rio Grande do Norte where researchers claim that a certain substance (inulin) in the green banana helps the digestion and in weight loss program. It is recommended to take 2 tablespoons the first thing in the morning and before going to bed. You can always mix it into soups,cakes,stews, and smoothies.

Cooked green bananas smell like asparagus (!) and the cooked skin tastes like one. But the texture is different. Even after blended, it resembles pureed asparagus. Fry lots of garlic in olive oil, add pureed green bananas, and here is an original creme of bananas.

Here is the recipe:

3 green bananas with the peel, stalk and the bottom removed, washed
Boiling water enough to cover the bananas (for cooking)
1 1/2 cup Boiling water for blending

Cook bananas with the peel on for 20 minutes or until soft. Peel the bananas, discart skin and the cooking water. Place pulp in a blender and blend in with boiling water.

"The result starts to appear in two weeks added to a healthy diet and exercise", claims the dietician. With a healthy diet and exercise, no need for puree of green bananas I believe. But it is supposed to be very healthy, fat-free, sugar-free, so, why not to try?

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