A banana is a herbaceous perennial that is not only popular but is also very nutritious. It is actually the 4th largest fruit crop of the world and it grows in tropical countries as it needs about 10 – 15 months of frost-free conditions to produce a flower stalk.
The banana is also an affordable source of nutrition for the price of $ 0.58 dollars average in the U.S. for every pound. Bananas are also good sources of several vitamins and minerals that are essential to the human body’s many functions.
Aside from its health benefits, the banana is also an important ingredient to many recipes. Depending on its variety, the banana can be added to cakes, breads, pastries, drinks and even meal recipes. It is actually an essential ingredient in most breads, pies and cooked meals. (Think banana bread or banana guacamole.)
However, the main reason the banana is overly popular is because it is convenient to eat as a snack. We just need to peel its skin (no need for a knife to do that), and we can instantly enjoy this healthy snack.
Unfortunately, most people do not know the right way to peel a banana. What most people do is peel it from the stem. The traditional way we do it actually go against the grain of the fruit causing its strings to remain.
Interestingly, monkeys know better and we should take our cue from them. The right way to peel a banana is to position the stem end away from you, pinch the end facing you and start peeling. Not only is it the right way, you will also find it easier to do!
Watch the right way to peel by watching this video:
The origin of the name of the fruit
According to About.com, bananas were brought by Portuguese sailors from West Africa to Europe in the early 15th century. Banema, its Guinean (West African) name became banana in English and was first found in books in the seventeenth century.
Please read: The Many Health Benefits of Eating Bananas
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Mila’s Lechon Issues Official Statement on Trending Lechon Photo, Reveals Scam
Over the New Year celebration, social media had been abuzz about photos of a skin-and-bones lechon allegedly from Mila’s Lechon ordered by a netizen who was furious after receiving such a small roasted pig that did not even reach 5kg!
What irked the family of netizen Noy Cayanan Roque Rcrim is that they had supposedly ordered the lechon from a reputable company to ensure they have the best roasted pig for their media noche but they ended up with something that was so small they even had to put a piece of tomato instead of the usual apple in its mouth.
After the post went viral, a lot of people expressed anger at Mila’s Lechon for cheating the customer of their cash but a few days later, the popular lechon company issued an official statement regarding the issue.
It turned out Mila’s Lechon had no hand in this order as the customer did not buy from their official website or Facebook page and had not been dealing with them at all. In short, Noy and his family had been scammed!
What’s bad is that the scammers had used the popular lechon company’s name to sell, later dragging it unfairly to the controversy.
Mila’s Lechon assured its customers that they are investigating the matter and that they would always issue an official receipt to the buyers, unlike the fake company that delivered the lechon to Noy’s family.
The customer later acknowledged the error, admitting that they had no idea that the site they were buying from was not the real Mila’s Lechon; although he should not also be blamed considering the lechon company has a lot of branches and the scammers had used its name, even delivering the product with the trademark brown paper printed with the brand’s name.
Both Noy’s family and Mila’s Lechon were victims of the scam. We hope the scammers will be apprehended soon.
Read the lechon company’s full statement here:
Clever Fisherman Makes Simple but Effective Trap to Catch Fish and Crabs
Catching fish can be hard work if you do not have the proper tools to do it and have no knowledge about how to go about with the task. But some fishermen in Cambodia have found an easy way to catch fish by creating a simple yet effective trap that they can just leave for some time near the river or lake.
Of course, there are many different ways that one can catch fish – and most would involve a net but for poor folks who can’t afford a net, here’s an alternative to try on your next fishing trip.
In the clip shared by Amazing Video on YouTube, a step by step tutorial to make the trap was shared.
Bamboo poles were used for this trap. While the YouTube video showed the bamboo poles being cut by a cutting machine, using a simple saw would also do the trick here. Of course, you have to remove the partitions inside the bamboo pole so the fish can get in and out of the trap.
But your trap is only half finished. You have to dig at the side of the river, lake, or swamp to create your trap. The hole should be big enough for your expected catch.
Submerge half of the pole in the water, making sure the other end reaches the trap. As much as possible, keep the angle at a minimum to ensure the fish will drop into the hole. Then, add the bait at both ends of the trap.
To finish off the trap, cover the spot with leaves. According to the video, you leave it for 1 day.
A day after making the trap, the fisherman went back to the spot and found the hole filled with fish, eels, and even crabs! Seems quite effective, right?
Check out this tutorial and try it for yourself:
Thin Lechon Weighs Less than 5kg, Angers Another Family on Noche Buena
On Christmas Eve, a lot of Filipino households celebrate ‘Noche Buena’ (midnight feast) with lechon which is considered a staple in every Pinoy celebration.
Not everyone was happy with the lechon they received because there were those who were quite angry that the roasted pig they got turned out to be something they did not expect to get. For example, a family in Bacolod City received lechon filled with leaves and did not have much meat. This lechon did not have ribs as well.
But after that lechon went viral, another one has surfaced.
This time, the lechon retained its ribs but the pig was so thin that the lechon as literally just skin and bones. It also looked like a rather dried-up version of the lechon, with skin that was no longer crunchy, wrote netizen Noy Cayanan Roque Rcrim whose family supposedly ordered the roasted pig from Mila’s Lechon.
What angered them more is that after an aunt decided to weigh the lechon they got, which they had actually paid for a total amount of Php7,500 plus Php400 delivery charge, they discovered that it did not even reach 5kg – and that weight already includes the bamboo tray it was placed on! Ooops.
While it is understandable that the prizes of commodities do rise up during the holiday season due to the law of supply and demand, the family was not happy that their lechon order worth nearly Php8,000 in total turned out to be this thin and unappealing.
According to Noy, they immediately called Mila’s to ask for a refund. He was able to speak with the owner’s granddaughter Aika Salanguit who told they can keep the lechon and get a refund of Php5,500 but they were only refunded with Php3,500 on December 29; thus, they did not take the money and are reportedly planning to file a case against the lechon company.
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