• D A Korczynski Hennessy

Yes! I Have No Bananas!

Bananas kept me awake last night.

Actually, the problem was that the bananas that usually accompany me home from my food shopping expeditions were not here. I was missing them. The picture in my mind of their curvaceous smile tweaked my mind to contemplate their provenance and personality. "Personality?" Yes! Bananas do have personality!

Bananas have long been Globetrotters, and spending time in their company has always uplifted me. First found in Malaysia, some tourists took a few to India. Alexander the Great discovered them during his campaign there; and while he was busy conquering the world, he was also introducing bananas to the Western World. The Arabs also befriended them, found them to be useful for trade and took them to Madagascar and the African continent. Because they were only about as big as a man's finger back then, the Arabs called them "banan," Arabic for finger. From there, having borne witness to the cruelty of Slave Trade, bananas needed a vacation and took a few travel junkets to Guinea, the Canary Islands and then landed, in 1516, at Santo Domingo in the Caribbean. So happy were the bananas in the Caribbean, that it took three hundred fifty years before they arrived in the United States; but bananas remained resilient during their blue adventures and were welcomed everywhere; but I've digressed.

Bananas have a very social personality, hanging around together in bunches, generously sharing food and water. They've also been well ahead of modern technology, having developed their own color-changing skins. From a dark, lime green tone to a sunny yellow, sometimes with dark spots resembling those of a leopard, bananas are always stylish, incorporating fashion with functionality in their protective gear.

Bananas are quiet and shy, arriving without fanfare in their best-known venue, the markets and food store chains here in our country and those around the world. They assume their place quietly among the produce shelves, contributing socially to the economy of this great nation. Their greatest contribution to society though, is their activism in the causes of Nutrition, Mental Health, Physical Health and Education.

Bananas are proud; not only of their heritage, good looks and economic contributions, but especially of the high honor they've received from the FDA. The Food and Drug Administration has declared that bananas have the ability to reduce high blood pressure and stroke.

The medical profession too, has recognized bananas for assisting in the assuagement of the following conditions: Anemia, High Blood Pressure, Constipation, Depression, Hangovers, Heartburn, Morning Sickness, Mosquito Bites, Nervous System Disorders, Obesity, PMS, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Stress, Stroke, Ulcers and Warts.

Bananas are also friendly and enjoy helping people and the environment. They have an extremely high content of Potassium and Vitamins C, A1, B6 and B12. Their potassium level helps them to slow the heartbeat in humans and to help them with nicotine withdrawal. So, if you want to quit the smoking habit, keep a banana by your side.

Bananas have also left their imprint in Education. In 2013, two hundred students in Great Britain benefited by inviting bananas to their breakfasts, lunches and breaks. Having the bananas actually boosted their brain power. Research has proven that bananas keep people more alert.

Yes, I've missed my venerable companions for the past few weeks. So, the next time that I go out, I'm going to stop in to my local grocery store to bring a bunch home. Friends are always welcomed here!

- D A Korczynski Hennessy

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