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Leathery strings of death. Pull back the yellow peel of a banana, and there they are, haunting you. They run vertically along the fruit, demanding to be removed with precision. They dangle lifelessly...
They seem to be in no mood to go back.
The reason that the indigenous varieties of India are disappearing from the market is purely commercial. With the help of Dan Koeppel, a columnist and the author of Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World, Vikram traces the evolution of the banana from a simple tropical fruit to an industrial product in the West, and finds out how this may help understand what is happening in India.
It actually makes me sad when people throw out phrases like 'bananas are too fattening', or 'they contain too much sugar' or 'I am indulging in a banana'. Come on guys: when a food is all-natural, grown on this earth, undergoes NO processing, and packs-in a number of vitamins and minerals, chances are it's going to contain some, if not plenty of, merit.