Banana is one of the most common and most popular fruits in our place. Also it tops the list when it comes to nutrients. But the latest studies have proven that not only the fruit but also its peel is beneficial.
Banana peel contains Vitamins B6, B12, magnesium, potassium, fibre and Tryptophan which boost the hormones that reduce stress and cures sleep deprivation. The National Research Centre for Banana in Trichy points out that the benefits of banana peel can be utilised by pickling them.
The domestic banana varieties like ‘Nenthran’ and ‘Monthan’ are useful for this purpose. Banana peel can be easily pickled in the same way we make other types of pickles. This product added with preservatives and spices has a shelf life of up to one year.
Another popular item is the banana peel powder. It is made by powdering dried banana peel and it gets Rs 50 and more when sold through online. Banana peel powder is used for manufacturing Ayurveda products, pharmaceuticals, bio manure, pet food, skin creams and similar products.
A study staged by Jain University in Bangalore has found that adding banana peel powder while making concrete will help reduce heating of buildings. Banana peel is already used as an effective bio manure.
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