History and Facts:
Florida bananas have unique characteristics. They are often short, plump and have reddish colored peels. There are seven stages of ripeness. A ripe banana, stage five, will be yellow with green tips. Bananas are great to eat raw, but when baking, broiling or boiling bananas, it is best to choose the greenest ones.
Bananas have 65 to 100 calories depending on their size, and are low in fat. They are a good source of carbohydrates and are cholesterol and sodium free. Bananas are a good source of vitamin C, and an excellent source of potassium.
Bananas should be stored at 60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit for ripening. Relative humidity should be kept at 90 to 95 percent. Bananas are extremely susceptible to fluctuating temperatures. Typical shelf life is 7 to 28 days.
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