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 foodservice operators love bananas for their versatility. Easily incorporated into recipes at every daypart, bananas can be found on menus of all kinds in the form of muffins, as a topping for hot or cold cereal, blended into smoothies or milkshakes, cooked up in banana cream pie, or served in a classic banana split. And, of course, offered all by itself as a nutritious, on-the-go snack. While some recipes call for firm, ripe bananas that are just a tad sweet, others require extra ripe bananas that have maximum sweetness. Operators can have their bananas just the way they like them thanks to expert suppliers who produce and deliver only the most perfect fruit. So go bananas. Adding a slice, a dice or a mash of banana to your menu is an easy way to sweeten your offerings, add healthful options and keep your banana-loving customers coming back at all times of the day.