What is Heirloom Red Banana?
The banana, which belongs to the same plant family as ginger and cardamom and is actually considered an herb (not a fruit), can be found growing all over the world, from the West Indies to Africa. Archaeologists believe that the indigenous peoples of the Kuk Valley in Papa New Guinea were the first group to domesticate the banana, as early as 8000 BC. However, it wasn’t until the 15th century that Portuguese explorers claimed the “discovery” of the banana as their own. In modern day, the banana is the fourth most common caloric source worldwide, right behind rice, wheat and milk.
Benefits of Heirloom Red Banana
Heirloom red bananas – grown mostly in the tropical climates of Costa Rica, Jamaica, Cameroon, and Cuba – are softer and sweeter than the more commonly consumed yellow bananas, and are raspberry-flavored. They are very high in vitamin C, vitamin D, potassium, beta-carotene, and fiber. Some studies say that red bananas may help reduce cardiovascular problems.
- Support the immune system
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduce inflammation