Bananas: All That Potassium and Carmen Miranda Too!

Written by Marjorie Dorfman

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There are about four hundred different varieties of this fabulous fruit, but don’t tell Carmen Miranda. (Apart fromrepparttar fact that she is dead and you couldn’t possibly, there is no wayrepparttar 125476 woman could fit one more piece of anything on top of one of her hats!) The three chief imported brands are Chiquita, Bonita and Fyffes. The Chiquita (according to her whom I trust implicitly) is always a guarantee of quality. Its production sites are located in Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica and Columbia. The Bonita banana hails from Ecuador and isrepparttar 125477 cheapest ofrepparttar 125478 three, but only because it is never advertised. Fyffe’s founded in 1888, hasrepparttar 125479 distinction of beingrepparttar 125480 oldest fruit brand inrepparttar 125481 world. These bananas are produced in Belize, Columbia, Honduras, Suriname, Jamaica and The Windward Islands.

Harvesting is a race against time that starts whilerepparttar 125482 banana is still green. From harvest to delivery atrepparttar 125483 supermarket twenty days remain before spoilage occurs. Transportation is done with specialized refrigerated cargo ships, each containing some 250,000 boxes of bananas collectedrepparttar 125484 day before. The bananas are stocked in "ripening rooms" for six to eight days at a temperature that can not exceed 14.5C. This temperature allows a homogenous ripening ofrepparttar 125485 bananas of different sizes.

The color of a banana’s skin indicates its degree of ripeness, but here is a more precise guide. Green bananas are not ripe, but can be safely used in soups and stews. Yellow with green tips indicatesrepparttar 125486 fruit is partially ripe and it can be broiled, baked or fried. All yellow bananas are ripe and are best eaten raw or baked into cakes or pies. Yellow bananas with brown freckles are fully ripe and can be eaten raw, in a salad or in any other dishes calling for uncooked fruit. All brown bananas are over ripe, but ifrepparttar 125487 flesh is firm they are still in prime eating condition. Blackened areas indicate bruised fruit and should be avoided.

Bananas can be utilized in hundreds of dishes prepared in as many ways. Roasted, fried, broiled, par boiled, baked, sautéed or eaten raw,repparttar 125488 results are always delicious. They wear many hats, so to speak, and can serve as relishes, stuffing for goose, duck, turkey or chicken, sauces, spreads, jellies, jams, candies, cake and pie filling, flour for breads and fresh fruit in salads. There is little that one cannot do with a banana ( except maybe pay a utility bill.) I am sure that Carmen Miranda loved bananas in every way, but dying as she did at such an early age, I wonder if she didn’t put more of them on her hats than she ever ate. Chiquita could have told herrepparttar 125489 truth, but would she have listened? Somehow I tend to doubt that those two would have ever gotten along!

Bio Marjorie Dorman is a freelance writer originally from Brooklyn, New York. She now lives in Doylestown, PA with four cats. She is the author of an ebook called A Taste of Funny and her website, Eat, Drink And Really Be Merry (http://www.ingestandimbibe) features many well researched and humorous articles on the subject of food and drink.

Black Bear Chasing Kid Style

Written by Robin Shortt

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Here are some bear facts: The black bear is also seen in other colour phases, chocolate and cinnamon brown are also common. Black bears can reach weights of up to 700 lbs. Black bears roam a very large area even as much as 500 square miles. Black bears have been know to run as fast as a horse. A bear can bite through a tree as big around as a person's arm. Litter size may range from one to five cubs, but two is average. Male black bears regularly kill and eat bear cubs inrepparttar spring; biologists say as many as 50% of bear cubs lose their lives this way each year. Life span inrepparttar 125475 wild is 20 to 25 years. Mother black bears have not been known to attack in defence of its cubs A large number of fatal bear attacks in Ontario have occurred in areas not open to hunting.

As a tourist, I enjoyrepparttar 125476 site of seeing one of nature's rare sights. As a resident, black bears are seen, heard and feared all too often. The black bears’ future depends on how well Ontario Northland residents understand manage and tolerate them.

Robin Shortt is a father of five children and five step children and thoroughly enjoys the outdoors. He is also a Cub Scout leader,who sees the big picture when it comes to helping our children to love and explore the great outdoors. Visit: for more original content like this.

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