Purple Banana's have medicinal purposes but when they are green you can pick them (they are actually purple, figuratively) and peel them, place them in lemon water and slice them paper thin. Fry them in a healthy veg oil and eat them like banana chips! so good with a dash of salt. Today we did that with lunch, harvested the banana, peeled cut and fried. We have more left for tonight and maybe I will post some pictures.
This banana can also be dried and made into a flour that may be used as an additive more more nutrition in yogurt or baking.
Sweet bananas are a bit different because they don't dry int he same way.
My sister and I were fortunate enough to plan a trip to Sao, Paulo Brazil. My boss let me take 6 wonderful weeks off. The reason? organic farming. my sister is starting an organic farm this March with some of our friends and we planned trip to get our hands dirty. It is the most amazing feeling to actually eat what you help to grow. We have been working between 3 and 6 hours a day to help a small organic farm in Aguas de Sao Pedro in Sao Paulo Brazil for the last week and it has been one of most wonderful experiences I have ever had.
Working everyday for what you eat is liberating. It is what it means to survive.
Eliminating pesticides, hormones and additives to our food and eating locally is the best thing you can do for your health and your environment.
It can start by using your local coop or market, or building a relationship with a local farmer you know and may progress into starting your own garden. Eat well and live well.
You don't have to go to Brazil to learn these things however, removing yourself from society's direct influence on you can put you back into the right direction. Some self evaluation and introspection is necessary so be prepared but don't be afraid. Embrace it.