Boost your banana IQ! Check out the banana tips below to find out how to shop for, use, and freeze bananas—then use your knowledge for cooking with bananas. Enjoy everything from smoothies to baked goods. (Banana bread, anyone?) Just out of the "wrapper," the banana is a sensible food—one of our top 20 Snacks for 150 Calories or Less. You’ll also find ways to enjoy bananas at breakfast and brunch, including pancake and waffle recipes, and in desserts like easy cream pies and banana pudding.
That’s why they are picked and shipped while still green. Although there are hundreds of banana varieties, the yellow Cavendish is the most common. Bananas are harvested every day of the year so it’s no surprise that they are never out of season. In mid-winter when it seems unnatural to be eating summery types of imported fruits, bananas are a timeless addition to breakfast dishes, salads, breads and desserts.