Bright yellow, sweet and exotic, bananas were a hot item at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition when they were first prominently showcased in America. Today, bananas are still popular with Americans, who eat approximately 27 pounds per person each year of the creamy-fleshed fruit. Consumers love the banana because of its sweet taste, but also because it’s low in calories, has no cholesterol or sodium, and is packed with vitamins C and B6, potassium and fiber. Restaurant and ...

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