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FOOD FUN: The Banana Police

Here are two of the amazing banana dishes we found on There’s quite a selection of them, turned into create fruit plates and cereal.

And there are simpler versions that any of us could create. See them all at boats, butterflies, cars, dogs, dolphins, elephants, horses, snails, sunsets, trees and more.

The website is the creation of Katy Koontz and Kelsey C. Roy, the writer and illustrator, respectively, of a children’s book called The Banana Police.

The story takes place in a jungle town where the formerly loveable elephants become increasingly annoying to their neighbors. When the Mayor calls on the Elephant Police to devise a scheme to get the elephants to leave, the town ends up buried in all the extra bananas that the elephants usually eat. The tale underscores the value of peaceful co-existence and cooperation between inherently different groups.


A banana tree, cantaloupe giraffe and honeydew grass. Photo courtesy The


The website also has family-friendly banana recipes and trivia, some of which is included below:


Kiwi and banana alligators poke their heads
up from a bowl of cereal. Photo courtesy



  • Wise. The scientific name for banana is Musa sapientum, which means “fruit of the wise men.”
  • Plant. Bananas do not grow on trees. While they look like trees, they are actually the world’s largest herbaceous flowering plants.
  • Float. Bananas float in water, as do apples and watermelons.
  • Hawaii. Hawaii is the only place in the U.S. where bananas are grown commercially, although at one time they were also grown in southern California and Florida.
  • Latin America. The overwhelming majority of the bananas consumed by Americans come from Latin America: Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama.

  • Cavendish. The type of banana found in supermarkets is the Cavendish banana. The preferred banana variety was originally the Gros Michel, which was largely extinct by 1960, due to a fungus called Panama Disease.

    Here’s more banana trivia.


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