April is Banana and Asparagus Month!
Did you know???
Bananas are in the same family as lilies, orchids, and palms. Banana plants grow not from seeds but from bulbs. A cluster of bananas is called a hand, and a single banana is called a finger. Each banana hand has about 10 to 20 fingers.
More than 100 billion bananas are eaten every year in the world, making them the fourth most popular agricultural product. Americans eat an average of 27 pounds of bananas per person every year. A few varieties of wild bananas include bubblegum pink bananas with fuzzy skins, green-and-white striped bananas with pulp the color of orange sherbet, and bananas that taste like strawberries when they’re cooked. Bananas are low in calories and contain vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and vitamin B6 which makes them a great choice to add in for a meal or snack!
Asparagus is in the same family as onions, leeks, and garlic. It got its name from the Greek word meaning "sprout" and can come in a variety of colors such as green, white, and purple. The peak growing season for Asparagus is in the Spring starting in April through June. While it’s often made fun of, the truth is that the majority of people can’t smell “asparagus pee“– the odor asparagus consumption causes urine to have. It actually takes a specific gene to allow someone to detect the smell, and only 25% of people have that gene! Asparagus is rich in vitamins and minerals like calcium, folate, and Vitamin K. There are only about 4 calories per spear which makes this another great option to add in for a meal or snack!