The banana is a tropical fruit and it is the fruit of the banana tree. The banana trees in Messinia produce particularly tasty and aromatic bananas, which are, however, smaller than those produced in warmer climates. Bananas can be consumed fresh, baked or dried in round flat slices.


The banana belongs to fruit produced in winter. It has a distinctive sweet taste and is rich in calories and carbohydrates. It is also rich in vitamins B6 and C. These vitamins strengthen the body’s immune system, contribute to the absorption of iron, the development of blood cells and the health of the nervous system. Bananas are also high in fiber, which supports digestion, helps weight control and has a high satiety effect. They are a main source of potassium, which protects against hypertension, and selenium, a trace element with antioxidant properties. Bananas, however, have a high glycemic index, traces of fat and cholesterol and has been associated with the development of mild allergic reactions in some people. In all cases, bananas should be included in a balanced diet, even for diabetic patients.

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