A little more than two decades ago, while I was in service with the premier Public Sector Organization –LIFE INSURANCE CORPORATION OF INDIA- there was an occasion to stay in Taj hotel at Mumbai along with my colleague Shri Akbar Ali.
As we went for our lunch we were attracted by a special menu-BANANA FLOWER USLI- and as we ordered and the dish came we were shocked to find a 50gram side dish known as the title of this story shown above at a cost of Rs250?-!!!!
Almost twice a month we do this called வாழைப்பூ உசிலி- (vaazaippoo usili) in our home may be the family requirement of 400 grams at a cost less than rs.25!!!!!!!!!!!
Having ordered we could not return and we took it with a pinch of salt as it was not even one tenth of the taste our people prepare at home!
We know that banana is one of the best vegetables created by the Lord Almighty for the benefit of all living beings- humans and animals. Every part of a plantain tree- banana tree- is of great use in one way or the other.
Its Roots, stem, leaves, banana ripe or otherwise, flower- every part is of use to the people. How nice if only every part of every individual human being is of positive use, help and service to every other individual. The society will be enjoying peace and harmony, poise and prosperity, health and happiness!
Let us have a look at the plantain.
Bananas are good for our heart. They are packed with potassium, a mineral electrolyte that keeps electricity flowing throughout our body, which is required to keep our heart beating. Bananas’ high potassium and low sodium content may also help protect our cardiovascular system against high blood pressure.
A 2017 animal study conducted by researchers found that the potassium in bananas is also linked to arterial effectiveness; the more potassium we have, the less likely our arteries are to harden. In the study, mice with lower-potassium diet had harder arteries than mice consuming a normal amount of potassium. Arterial stiffness in humans is linked to heart disease.
Depression and mood
Bananas can be helpful in overcoming depression “due to high levels of tryptophan, which the body converts to serotonin, the mood-elevating brain neurotransmitter,” vitamin B6 can help our sleep well, and magnesium helps to relax muscles. Additionally, the tryptophan in bananas is well known for its sleep-inducing properties.
Digestion and weight loss
Bananas are high in fiber, which can help keep us regular. One banana can provide nearly 10 percent of our daily fiber requirement. Vitamin B6 can also help protect against type 2 diabetesand aid in weight loss. In general, bananas are a great weight loss food because they taste sweet and are filling, which helps curb cravings.
Bananas are particularly high in resistant starch, a form of dietary fiber in bananas may support gut health and control blood sugar. Resistant starch increases the production of short chain fatty acids in the gut, which are necessary to gut health.
For replenishing energy and electrolytes, bananas can be more effective than sports drinks. One looked at male athletes competing in long-distance cycling races. They compared athletes refueling with Gatorade every 15 minutes to athletes refueling with a banana and water. The athletes’ performance times and body physiology were the same in both cases. But the banana’s serotonin and dopamine improved the athletes’ antioxidant capacity and helped with oxidative stress, improving performance overall.
Carrots may get all the glory for helping our eyes, but bananas do their share as well. The fruits contain significant amount of vitamin A, which is essential for protecting our eyes, maintaining normal vision and improving vision at night. Vitamin A contains compounds that preserve the membranes around our eyes and are an element in the proteins that bring light to our corneas. Like other fruits, bananas can help prevent macular degeneration, an incurable condition, which blurs central vision.
Calcium in bananas is helpful in keeping bones strong.Bananas contain an abundance of fructooligosaccharides. These are non digestive carbohydrates that encourage digestive-friendly probotics and enhance the body’s ability to absorb calcium.
Some evidence suggests that moderate consumption of bananas may be protective against kidney cancer. Women who ate more than 75 servings of fruits and vegetables cut their risk of kidney cancer by 40 percent, and that bananas were especially effective. Women eating four to six bananas a week halved their risk of developing kidney cancer.
Bananas may be helpful in preventing kidney cancer because of their high levels of antioxidant phenolic compounds.
The potassium in bananas is correlated with women giving birth to baby boys. A study looked at 740 women and saw that those who consumed high levels of potassium prior to conception were more likely to have a boy that those who did not.
Bananas may also help prevent gestational diabetes. Lack of sleep during pregnancy can contribute to gestational diabetes.. But the magnesium and tryptophan in bananas can help ensure a good night’s rest.
Banana peels: edible or poisonous?
It turns out that the biggest risk from a banana peel might really be slipping on it. Banana peels are not poisonous. In fact, they’re edible, and packed with nutrients. “Banana peel is eaten in many parts of the world. “It contains high amounts of vitamin B6 and B12, as well as magnesium and potassium. It also contains some fiber and protein.”
It is important to carefully wash a banana peel before eating it due to the pesticides that may be sprayed in banana groves.
Banana peels are usually served cooked, boiled or fried, though they can be eaten raw or put in a blender with other fruits. They are not as sweet as banana flesh. Riper peels will be sweeter than unripe ones.
Other banana facts
Bananas may have been the world’s first cultivated fruit. The banana plant is classified as an arborescent (tree-like) perennial herb, and the banana itself is considered a berry. A bunch of bananas is called a hand; a single banana is a finger.
There are almost 1,000 varieties of bananas, Nearly all the bananas sold in stores are cloned from just one variety,
Botanically, there is no difference between plantains and bananas. But in general use, “banana” refers to the sweeter form of the fruit, which is often eaten uncooked, while “plantain” refers to a starchier fruit that is often cooked before eating.
(Technical information from Google Guru)
Tamil Nadu is to become the number one area in the world in banana production beating Ecuador and Indonesia if post-harvest losses were cut down and more marketing efforts were taken.
Areas in Tamil Nadu where banana is prominently cultivated are Theni, Trichy, Erode, Thoothukudi, Coimbatore, Kanyakumari, Thanjavur and Dindigul. The varieties cultivated include Grand Naine, Virupakshi, Sirumalai, Rasthali, poovan and Red Banana. Most of the bananas produced here go to the Gulf countries.
Raw banana is used for preparing different side dishes – in Tamil parlance- poriyal, koottu, varuval and so on!
Similarly the stem- known as vaazhaith thaNdu- is used for pachadi, porial and koottu. When its juice is taken regularly, no question of stones in kidney, urinary track etc.
Nendhram variety from Kerala – raw or ripe- is known for making chips all over the country!
Coming back to our banana flower usli, here we find the banana flower ready to be cooked. Last Sunday we had at home that triggered my thoughts and the result is today’s Sunday story that was presented above.
All living beings created by the Lord Almighty
Have basic rights- known or unknown-humans or animals
Right to live, earn, eat and to be at peace all the life time
Alas! Many times human beings have to fight for rights!
Universal Declaration of Human Rights- Human
Rights Day observed on this day as per UNO-
Political, social, economic, cultural and
Civil rights- constitute human rights for all to enjoy!
Slavery, torture, genocide and war crimes haunted all
A just society cannot tolerate- to stand quite tall
Came the United Nations to the rescue of the world
At least in theory we have with violations bold.
ENVIUS THOUGHTS crosses 1,19,000 views
I am glad to share with you that with the112th view at 16.30 hours yesterday viz Friday the 8th December 2017, total views of ENVIUS THOUGHTS crossed ONE LAKH AND NINETEEN THOUSAND (1,19,000) from more than 210 countries around the world on the 1015th day and 1062nd post, thanks to your support and encouragement. Kindly continue. Thanks aplenty
Tall Eucalyptus tree in a friendly voice asked me:
Have you seen me or come across me = you are welcome!
Said I happily and with a pride:” Oh! My dear friend
Have you forgotten me; I was with you for three years!
Nice tree asked me: I remember very faintly, please tell
Told I: Forty years ago in Ooty, we were together-fell
In love with each other- I liked your shape and size,
Healing power and wide use for all rich and poor- I praise!
I enjoyed your pleasing scent as I went for my morning walks
Office to home and home to office, to Elk Hill
Temple and back! Over my house you stood majestic
As guards to help me and my family-holistic!
Said the tree in a sad voice: Those days are gone gone
With the wind- you humans in inhuman manner -cut us all
To make homes for your needs; very few are left.
Said I in reply: Yes unfortunate it is;
Ungrateful my kith and kin have been- selfish;
Fail to see you healing our cold with oil made of leaves
You sacrifice yourselves to have my home built up
You produce sweet honey for the birds another
Creation of God- Almighty: You are food for many birds and insects.
Eucalyptus said in a grateful tone:
Happy I am to listen to the words of comforts
In praise of my clan and my use to you all!
Elk Hill Subramanya temple in Ootacamund amidst host of Eucalyptus trees.
Asked I to Bamboo tree: Have you at any time felt inferior to others because you are so lean?
Said Bamboo with a pride: Why should I? I help the humans to build their houses especially the poor.
Said I: How else you are useful to the living beings?
With a sense of joy the bamboo said: My dear friend don’t you know that I serve as food to many- birds and men.
With surprise I asked: Food to people?
Bamboo said with a sense of sacrifice: Yes very much.
My shoot in fermented state is an important ingredient
in cuisines across the Himalayas.In Assam I am khorisa.
In Nepal, a delicacy popular consists of my shoots
Fermented with turmeric and oil, and cooked with potatoes
into a dish that accompanies rice (alu tama (आलु तामा)
Khao lam (Thai: ) is glutinous rice with sugar and coconut cream
Cooked in specially prepared bamboo sections of different diameters and lengths.
In Indonesia, I am sliced thin and then boiled with thick coconut milk
And spices to make gulai rebung. Others are sayur lodeh-mixed vegetables
In coconut milk and lun pia fried wrapped bamboo shoots with vegetables.
Pickled bamboo is made from the pith of the young shoots.
Pickled bamboo shoots are cooked with black-eyed beans
As a delicacy food in Nepal. Many restaurant around the world
Serve this dish as aloo bodi tama. Fresh shoots are sliced
And pickled with mustard seeds and turmeric and kept in glass jar
In direct Sunlight used alongside many dried beans in cooking during winters.
Baby shoots of a very different variety.Cooked as a curry in hilly regions.
In East Timor, cooking food is tukir. In Sambalpur, the tender shoots
Grated into juliennes and fermented to make kardi. from karira.
Fermented shoot used in various food preparations, amil,
A sour vegetable soup, also made into pancakes
With rice flour as a binding agent. Shoots turned
A little fibrous-Fermented, dried, and ground to sand-sized
Made a garnish- hendua- also cooked with tender pumpkin leaves
To make sag green leaves.
In Konkani food the tender shoots (kirlu) are grated
Cooked with crushed jackfruit seeds-kirla sukke made!
The empty hollow in the stalks of larger bamboo used to cook food.
Soups boiled and rice cooked in the hollows of fresh stalks
Directly over a flame. Steamed tea rammed into bamboo hollows
compressed forms of Pu-erh tea. Cooking food gives the food
Subtle but distinctive taste.
Don’t you know my friend I am in the exalted hands of Lord Krishna as flute?
My dear friend are you now satisfied that I am in God’s creation unique and distinct!.
With reverence I bowed my head and said: You are indeed great. Thanks.
In my life as a Blogger since February 2015, every day making one post at least- today it is 968th day and 1035th post! I don’t believe in making a repost of what already I have posted once earlier. But today I am deviating myself from my “ self imposed” restriction and recycling a post what I did on 15th November 2015, when the total viewership of ENVIUS THOUGHTS was 21000 and today it is about to cross 1,15,000 in another few hours from more than 210 countries! Here in this Sunday you find this a slightly modified version. It was ‘ONION IS NOT OXYGEN’ and today it is “ONION IS NOT H2O”!
These are the scientifically advanced days when we find ALTERNATIVES for anything and everything! Please look here:
“Oxygen is not just in the air; it’s on the shelves. It has been discovered by alternative medicine and is being sold in various forms in the health supplement marketplace. Air has to go in and out, Blood has to go round and round. Oxygen is good. And is easily available in air!
Oxygen is required to support life; therefore more oxygen should make us healthier. It’s not clear how this relates to alternative medicine’s advice on anti-oxidants, but that’s irrelevant. OXYGEN IS GOOD, so we should put it in our soft drinks and breathe it at oxygen bars. Take an oxygen tank home with us — we might feel better. The oxygen vendor might feel better, too. Dr Andrew Weil, the renowned health guru, tells patients with chronic fatigue to ask their doctors to prescribe oxygen for a home trial. Sure, why not? The money it costs will literally vanish “into thin air,” but who cares? OXYGEN IS GOOD.
Similarly can a man live without H2O? Two units of Hydrogen and one unit of Oxygen give water! Can one live without for hours and days together?
In the days of spiraling inflation, when the cost of living soars, when the prices of milk to mango, banana to bindy (lady’s finger), carrot to capsicum, mango to melon skyrocket day by day, the middle class people are the worst hit. Governments and the party in power say they make all-out efforts to contain the prices. Economists quote several factors for price raise-very hard to understand by a common man. Rightly the Opposition parties protest government policies for the pathetic conditions of the people.
Maybe, what cannot be cured must be endured! But I use to wonder whether there is anything in the world that cannot be cured. When I was in my teens six decades ago, I was living at Karaikudi, a part of Chettinad in Tamil Nadu, where the dominant community was indeed rich, orthodox, highly philanthropic and well educated.
I used to go out with my mother to the weekly shandy (vegetable market) and distinctly remember her purchasing the weekly requirements of vegetables for a family of five for less than a rupee! The womenfolk of that dominant community of Chettinad would boycott any shop in the shandy if the cost there was a little higher than in the other shops. The way they treated the shop keeper charging a higher price was unique and the result was that the town was comparatively cheap and life was smooth. All due to the ‘will to resist’ on the part of housewives! Sixty eight years since then, when I find myself helpless managing my household expenses, I wonder whether bringing down the cost of things rests with the government alone or, as an individual, can I have any influence on the uncontrolled rising costs?
Can society play any role in holding the price hike? I would boldly declare ‘yes’, if only society really feels suffocated and would like to do something in this regard. But look at the long queue in hotels to find a seat where ‘dosa’ is sold at Rs. 70 a piece, a cup of 150 ml coffee for Rs. 40! Look at the cinemas where a new film is released with people thronging for the first show paying astronomical amounts. Despite the spiraling cost of petrol and diesel, look at the queue in petrol stations. Money is in the hands of the most and they spend as they like! Those without much, suffer.
I remember my walking without footwear to college, a distance of 8 miles one way. Today, my son wants a scooter to go to school, hardly a kilometer away. Do I ever care to go by bus instead of my two/four-wheeler?
Do I resist purchasing onion at Rs. 80 or tomato at Rs. 50 a kg? Onion is not oxygen without which I cannot breathe! Supposing people do not purchase beans at Rs. 70 a kg, how long would the shopkeeper keep the vegetable on his shelves? — right from the wholesale merchant to my street vendor? If office-goers as a class desist using their petrol/diesel vehicles and choose public conveyance, won’t petrol price come down? If we boycott the auto drivers charging an unreasonably high fare, can they continue forever by fleecing the people?
Today I went to the vegetable vendor and was shocked to be billed Rs. 150 for a kg. of ONION –Big or Small! This triggered my thoughts and the result is this SUNDAY STORY!!!!Yes, onion is not H2O! We cannot live without H2O, but we, sure, can without onion! Prices cannot go up when it begins to rot!
ENVIUS THOUGHTS crosses 1,15,000 views
I am glad to share with you that with the 114th view at 17.20 hours today viz Sunday the 12th November 2017, total views of ENVIUS THOUGHTS crossed ONE LAKH AND FIFTEEN THOUSAND (1,15,000) from more than 210 countries around the world on the 968th day and 1036th post, thanks to your support and encouragement. Kindly continue. Thanks aplenty
“INVEST IN FOOD AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT-WORLD IS ON THE MOVE”
Noble theme of the current year for the day “World Food Day” approved
By the United Nations’great “Food and Agricultural
Organization for the world to prosper with funds sufficient!
Great nationalist Poet from Tamil Nadu= Bharathiyar
Declared a century ago ” If an individual has
No food on earth, let us destroy the whole Universe” staunch he was
Unfortunate people die for want of food in countries many!
Duty of the Government and the society is to provide
Food for all- twice a day if not thrice- no death due to starvation
Ideal goal for accomplish- no cost too much-not to divide
The haves and haves-not, rich and poor- all need food no reservation!
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