This tropical fruit is an easy grab-and-go snack, but bananas’ flavor is excellent in sauces, side dishes, salsas, and, of course, dessert. See our favorite ways to cook with this delicious fruit.
Photographer: Levi Brown
Bananas are full of surprises. In fact, the plant is actually a giant herb—and the banana is technically a berry. It's one of the few fruits that announces its ripeness on the outside, and there are about as many unexpected ways to enjoy it as there are shades of green, yellow, and brown in its skin.
Grown in the tropics year-round, bananas never go out of season—but they aren't going to waste, either: Americans eat more of them than any other fruit. So we got inspired by your No. 1 snack, and transformed it in these recipes, using it in classics—see our take on the ultimate smoothie—as well as in curveball ways: bananas + lime + a few more tasty ingredients = a sensational zesty salsa to serve with seafood.