When I was around 5 or 6 years old growing up in Bergen County, my father had a banana route and my brother David and I helped out by selling bananas door-to-door.
In those days, we would go down to the New York piers and get the bananas as they were coming off the ship. The bananas were sold in stalks, maybe 9 or 10 hands to a stalk, and my father would buy 50 or so stalks and bring them back to our house and hang them in the basement to ripen because they often came off the ship on the green side.
Recipe: Bette’s Best Banana Bread
Because they were shipped at a cool temperature, spiders and snakes that were sometimes hidden in the stalks would go dormant but wake up once they felt the heat of the house. That’s why for years mom would never let me or my brother go in the basement. Things are different now, and bananas are cut, bagged and boxed right in the field and shipped to the U.S.
Considered the most widely consumed fruit on the planet, bananas are high in potassium, magnesium, vitamins C and B6, and pectin, a form of fiber. They’re also high in antioxidants and offer a wide variety of health benefits, such as reducing swelling, aiding in digestion and weight loss, strengthening the nervous system, combating depression and mood swings, and supporting good vision and strong bones.
And here’s a fun fact: bananas should be peeled from the bottom, not the top, because peeling from the bottom ensures no strings.
If you watch monkeys, the ultimate banana experts, they always peel bananas from the bottom. Also, the peel of a banana can be used to give your shoes a great shine
source: courier post online