Americans eat more bananas than any other fruit - about 33 pounds per person annually. Although there are more than 500 varieties of bananas, most bananas sold in the U.S. are of the Cavendish variety. Banana trees aren't really trees, botanically speaking, but are classified as the world's largest herb, Musa sapientium. Bananas were introduced to the United States in 1876 at its first centennial celebration.
- rich in vitamin B6, which improves mental function and performance
- helps stimulate production of serotonin, elevating mood and alleviating depression
- a well-known source of potassium, excellent for lowering blood pressure and plaque in blood vessels
- concentrated source of carbohydrates for quick energy and endurance