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Whilst browsing through the Discussion Topics (as I like to do from time to time when I cannot think of a review to write or just feel like waffling on about something discussion related ...) this topic caught my eye.
I eat much less fruit than I used to. I think I avoided most fruits like the plague as a child (eating the custard and leaving the peach slices when served this at school and eating the crumble but leaving the gooey fruit part...), then in my late teens I became overtly pre-occupied with losing weight. During this 'phase' I ate a lot of fruit. Plums and apples were part of my staple diet due to their low calorie and 'healthy' credentials. In recent years, when I have been working full-time yet have had at times painfully little to live on for a food budget, fruit for me is a rare buy as it can be expensive (Sainsbury's £2 for 4 apples! £2.49 for 5 plums? £2.99 for 500g of grapes? Oh please!!) So I suppose my fruit consumption could be described diagrammatically in terms of a bell shape.
I know I should eat more fruit. My favourites are (in no particular order):
I think it is Sapphire plums that are my favourite of all the plums I have tried. Plums are very hit or miss unfortunately as supermarkets get different varieties in and these can vary wildly from small hard sour or tasteless plums to very large juicy delicious plums. I try to look at the label as it is normally printed with the variety (so I can try to spot the ones that I like for future selective purchasing!). A punnet of plums can cost up to £2.49 in my local Co-op for 5 plums. For me this is way too expensive. In Summer, I try to buy plums at the fruit and veg market for £1 for around 15 plums. If you get a 'good' plum, it will be juicy and sweet. Unfortunately I have had a bad run with plums recently and the last 7 or 8 punnets I have bought have either gone from being unripe and really hard/ sour to being mouldy and gone- off in the space of a day with no middle-ground!
2: Slightly Unripe Bananas:
I do like bananas but really dislike the powdery texture or the pith that you get in 'ripe' bananas. I will avoid banana's that have lots of black spots on the skin as this to me means it has gone powdery inside. The thought of warm mushed up bananas makes me feel nauseous. For me, a banana has to have a little green still on the skin and it has to be cold- so I look for the 1 or 2 days pre-ripe banana and will only buy one at a time (go Tesco for your 17p individual bananas!) and will keep it in the fridge.
3: Green Apples:
Golden delicious crispy crunchy apples are my favourite, but I dislike how the skin is quite hard to chew and digest. Also, I find if I bite into an apple, I end up feeling as if the skin has become stuck in between my lower teeth. I could peel the apple, but that creates so much waste, and I have a theory that in an apple some of the vitamins are going to be in the skin (as with a potato?- but I haven't checked this out - yet). I used to have an apple corer that I really do need to track down as this created nice little segments so you can concentrate on the flesh of the apple.
These are my top fruits. I tried my first 'actual' / fresh coconut last year (at the age of 32!) and although I liked the juice/ 'milk', the very high fat content and rich rich nutty taste made me not think of it as a 'fruit'.
I didn't realise I was so picky when it comes to fruit! I think for 2013 I do need to eat more fruit.
I buy quite a few of the Tesco Disney funsize fruits. I have always found it a bit of a struggle to get my kids to eat enough fruit. The funsize ones are so much more attractive to them because there is less to eat.
Tesco Disney funsize bananas are a great size for children, some bananas are just so huge! They are not as good value as the average banana, costing £1.29 for a bag which works out at around 18p per banana compared to loose bananas at 16p and value ones at around 11p each.
I always find the Disney bananas are nicely ripened and ready to eat. It is a good idea to make sure they are not overly ripe though, as I have had an occasional bag which has been a disappointment.
These bananas are nice and sweet and very easy to peel which is just perfect for children. They make a lovely healthy snack and do not overly fill them.
A single Tesco Disney funsize banana has around 100 calories and is a great source of carbohydrates.
If you have kids, these are well worth having in your fruit bowl.
My kids love these tesco fun size banana and we always have them in our house .They have a natural sweetness that my kids and i love .We love these bananas because you can do so many things with them, you could cut them up and have them with you cereals,or you can use them for baking cakes ,cupcakes or pies and that goes to show how useful these bananas are.My kids love them especially when we make smoothies with them,it makes them really happy when i make it for them.Bananas are also a good source of fibre,which is good for our health.My mother told me one time that instead of watching your bananas go bad you could cut them up and put them in the freeze that prolongs their life for long and these ones from my experience are good for smoothies ,you do not even have to bother using ice because these ones are frozen.
EDIT: I have just stumbled across this review and realised that for some unknown reason, Dooyoo have taken my review from where it belongs and plonked it in a completely different catagory!?!?!?!
So... When reading, please bear in mind that this review is of Tesco Disney Funsize bananas, not 'Favourite Fruit'!
Bananas are just bananas really, aren't they? Kind of.
I usually just go for the pack that looks nicest/cheapest depending on what's available but after trying these bananas a few times I specifically search them out when I am in Tesco.
Why? They just seem to taste softer and sweeter than other brands. I'm not sure why, I thought I may have just got a good pack the first time I tried them but they are always of a consistently good quality and just seem to taste nicer than other packs.
These bananas are around half the size of standard ones so they used to be perfect for my son as he could never eat a whole banana. Now he would eat three in one go if I let him!
He's only four - I'm dreading the teenage years, full of £500 shopping bills!
Now I'm sure you all know what bananas taste like so I will just compare the taste of this pack compared to your average banana. These bananas seem to have a stronger and sweeter flavour than your average banana and seem to be softer than usual. This may just be me, but I can actually taste a difference between these and standard bananas.
They cost £1.39 and work out as £1.85 per Kg, which is around average compared to other packs.
I would definitely recommend them, especially ifd you have little ones in the family who won't eat a large banana.
Yes - these are great banana's and perfect snack for you or your kids.
The reason I wanted to review these is to give you all a great tip that I got when I was going to my local slimming club.
Basically a great use for bananas in the summer is to peel them and then find a wooden kebab stick. Carefully put the kebab stick through the banana from one end to the other, leaving part of the stick visible.
Next wrap the banana in foil and put in the freezer. Allow to freeze - and voila... you have a banana ice lolly. Great for kids and great for you.
I wasn't so sure when someone first mentioned this idea (well I was pretty dubious about it to be honest!) but I tried it and lo and behold it was really really enjoyable.
There are other fruit you can do this with too - take the common (Tesco!) grape. Just take the grapes off the bunch and put them in the freezer. They make nice little green gobstoppers. Again they don't go brown and it's really like sucking on a nice cold sweet. Fantastic for the summer and easy on the hips!!
WHY SHOULD YOU BUY THEM?
1. You should buy them if you want a shorter banana - funsize banana's mean that they are smaller than normal banana's.
2. You should buy them if you have kids who get too full eating a large banana so you don't waste half of it, by putting it in the bin.
3. You should buy them if the large banana's don't fit in your kids snack box.
4. You should buy them if you are hard up and they are on special offer.
5. You should buy them if you like the taste of banana's.
6. You should buy them if you happen to be shopping in Tesco's at the time - because I doubt many of us have such discerning taste that we can tell the difference between various varieties of Banana coming from various countries...I think we all tend to concentrate instead on the outer skin colour of the banana (green = hard/unripe, yellow (ripe), yellow with odd brown spots (riper and sweeter), brown (past eating) + the feel of the banana i.e. firm or soft and squidgy in areas (= badly bruised).
WHY SHOULDN'T YOU BUY THEM?
1. You shouldn't buy them if don't like the taste of banana's
2. You shouldn't buy them if you prefer larger banana's
3. You shouldn't buy them if you are allergic to banana's
4. You shouldn't buy them if they are all very brown or bruised!
WHAT DO THEY TASTE LIKE?
They taste banana-y. A sweet delicate flavour. Sometimes they are a little difficult to peel - other times they peel like a dream. I don't like the bruisy bits - sometimes they are bruised/sometimes not.
I have just read a story on the Internet where someone writing their Wartime memoirs said that all they ever remembered about a banana was seeing a sign in a greengrocers shop which said `A Hand of Yellow Banana Fyffes`.
The fruit is plentiful these days, sold cheaply and can`t even be considered a treat...how lucky we are.
I prefer to buy the fun size bananas, they are good value for money and we don't waste any of the fruit. If we buy the large bananas I often have to cut them in half, or a portion of the fruit gets stuck back into the fruit bowl for the next day.
Its surprising how versatile the banana is, just think about all of the recipes that include the Worlds most popular fruit.
The banana originates from Malaysia and is in fact not a tree but the Worlds largest herb (Genus Musa). Bananas are grown in around 107 countries, although they are cultivated for their fruit they are also grown as ornamental plants and are used for their fibres. In popular culture the banana is a sweet but soft dessert fruit but there are also the Plantains which are a firmer and starchier fruit altogether. The fruit is rich in Potassium, Vitamin C and Vitamin B.
I'm sure that most of us have a favourite way of eating a banana, myself I prefer them overripe, even with brown spots on the yellow skins, some find them far to hard to digest when they are too ripe.
Many love to eat them when they still have a good `bite` to them, the outer skin still slightly green and the fruit a touch crunchy. The easiest way to please everyone is to pick a pack out from the supermarket shelf that has both green and ripe bananas packed in together.
The riper the fruit the easier it is to peel and I have friends who always save their banana skins as a source of potassium for their gardens, they cut the skins into smaller pieces and dig them into the soil. I listened to Gardeners Question Time on the radio and they were having a dispute, some on the panel were very sceptical saying that was an old wives tale.
The banana makes a great sandwich, some prefer to mash it in a bowl and add some Castor sugar then spread it onto the bread, others like to slice the banana straight onto the bread.
It makes a lovely moist and sticky cake that is fairly easily baked.
Have you ever been to the Chinese Restaurant and had a banana fritter in golden syrup? Delicious.
Weetabix have countless ideas for toppings for their famous cereal biscuits, banana and yoghurt on top of a Weetabix biscuit makes a good, healthy breakfast.
Certain curries benefit from having sliced banana added to them.
Health food stores sell sliced dried banana, crisp, sweet and nourishing too. Sliced dried banana is used in many breakfast cereals too. A banana and ice cream milk shake is beautiful on a hot summers day.
So we have looked at all the culinary uses for the banana so we had maybe better take a look at its other uses too.
If you are roasting a joint of meat and feel unsure about its tenderness then throw a banana skin into the roasting tin, it will help things along.
Houseplant leaves shine up well using the inside of a banana skin.
Abrasions respond well to being rubbed with the inside of a banana skin, the skin has healing properties.
The Rosebushes really love being fed the chopped skins that are loaded with potassium. (Gardeners Question Time agrees on this one!)
Buff up your shoe leather using the inside of the banana skin, it leaves the leather nourished and shiny.
Don't throw away any black bananas, put them out on the bird table, it attracts birds and butterflies, but keep an eye out in case it also attracts wasps.
Our skin loves a banana face mask, mash a banana, add a 1/4 cup of plain yoghurt and two tablespoons of honey to apply to dry skin.
Im sure there are many more uses for this versatile fruit but I have tried to list but a few.
I am sure that you will agree they represent such good value for money.
I love bananas but find it hard to get through a full one and my local grocer has taken to selling massively oversized bananas that really are a waste of money for me as I'll have three bites and that is enough for me. I was looking at the fruit in Tesco the other day when I saw some small bananas wrapped in a plastic bag which was decorated with Mickey Mouse and other classic characters.
These Disney themed bananas are an obvious plea for children to become more interested in fruit and this clever packaging, along with the compact size of these bananas, will definitely appeal to kids for their lunchboxes or after school snack.
They are easy to peel which again children would like as I think even the smallest child could manage to open one of these bananas. They are a nice overall yellow colour with no green or brown patches evident, inside the bananas are flavoursome and fleshy with a fresh taste and good texture.
I've eaten them as a fruit and also made my baby granddaughter banana custard with these bananas and they really are lovely. I don't know if it's because they are so small but they have a velvet texture which isn't as apparent in larger bananas, I think they would be good in a banana bread and they have a nice firm texture that would lend itself well to baking.
Each banana weighs roughly 100g and this is the perfect size for me, I can finish one of these off no problems and can even tempt my little nephew with one as he can manage to hold it himself. There are around 10 bananas in each bag and they cost 94p which is perfectly acceptable as I've found these bananas will keep their colour and shape for at least a week if stored correctly.