National Avocado and Banana Month is celebrated throughout February every year. During this time, Americans are invited to reflect on the benefits of the two fruits and learn different and more creative ways to include these ingredients in their daily lives. Both fruits are filled with potassium and fiber and are perfect pieces for healthy and delicious recipes!
History of National Avocado and Banana Month
Bananas are yellow fruits that are very popular worldwide and are used for many different types of recipes. There are various types of bananas and they grow in different regions according to their climatic and geographic conditions. They are cultivated across 135 countries, of which most of the production comes from China and India. Banana plants are so tall and big that people mistake them for trees, but they are simply very large herbaceous flowering plants. The “trunk” of the plant is actually just its stem! Some of these plants can reach 23 feet in height, with leaves as long as nine feet!
Avocados are green fruits that are also very popular worldwide for their versatility in taste. They are mainly cultivated in areas that have a Mediterranean climate, such as Mexico, Chile, and California. Avocados can have different colors of skin depending on their condition. Some may be brown, green, or black. Because it’s a fruit with much nutritional value, it’s often used to replace meat in vegetarian recipes. It’s also very healthy and recommended as a breakfast dish.
Both of these fruits contain lots of vitamins and fibers. Bananas have lots of vitamin B6 and C. Avocados provide tons of vitamin C, E, B6, and K. Both are also great sources of potassium, which is an important nutrient for the blood to stay fluid in our bodies. These fruits also call for wonderful recipes, both salty and sweet. Bananas may be used for banana bread, cake, smoothies, and even ice cream. Avocados are great to be combined with toast, and yogurt, and are also used to make guacamole, the best partner on taco day!
National Avocado and Banana Month timeline
Archeologists have found that bananas have been around even before we have!
Avocado pits are discovered in Mexico.
The Portuguese begin to cultivate bananas in their colonies in South America.
Avocados were called “ahaucates” and even “alligator pears”, but this changes to the name we know today.
National Avocado and Banana Month FAQs
What are the benefits of avocado?
Avocados contain a lot of vitamins — such as C, E, K, and B6 — potassium, and fibers. They also have omega-3, known to have many benefits.
Is it okay to eat a banana every day?
It’s okay to eat a maximum of two bananas a day. It’s important not to go overboard and get potassium poisoning!
How many years does it take for avocado to bear fruit?
It can take an avocado tree three to four years to mature enough and bear fruit.
National Avocado and Banana Month Activities
Get organic avocados and bananas
Stop by a local market or grocery store and get some organic, locally produced avocados or bananas to make wonderful dishes! They’re so healthy!
Make banana bread
Banana bread is the most common recipe to take bananas. Get some flour and get to work. Just don’t forget to wear your apron so you won’t get it all on your shirt!
Make avocado toast
Avocado toast is not only a delicious treat but it’s also very shareable! Make some for your breakfast and share photos of them with your friends on social media!
5 Facts About Avocados And Bananas You’ll Love
The potassium battle
We have always known bananas to be full of potassium but did you know that avocados have nearly double the amount of potassium?
Avocado has lots of fiber
Avocados are the number one fruit when it comes to the number of fibers with an average avocado containing about five grams of fiber!
Bananas are berries
Did you know that bananas are considered berries?
The older sibling
Bananas are estimated to have originated over 10,000 years ago!
An internet sensation
Avocado toast is one of the dishes that gets shared the most on social media.
Why We Love National Avocado and Banana Month
It’s all about staying healthy
We love to eat, but we also love staying healthy! Living longer and healthier should be everyone’s goal!
It’s all about food
We love food because it keeps us alive and running! What’s not to love?
It keeps us creative in the kitchen
Imagine just how many recipes you can learn in an entire month! Cooking and baking so much can improve your creativity in the kitchen and allow you to create new dishes!
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