From the sweet and refreshing taste of the banana, to the fruity and floral notes, this pleasant drink is born. The lively aroma of fruit combines with the delicate sweet finish of banana, for a versatile and soft taste; a prelude to the delicious pieces of fruit, to be savored after sipping. Thirst-quenching in the hot summer period, it is also excellent when drunk, for a relaxing break from daily stress. The exotic aroma gives the air an unmistakable and lively scent, perfect for evoking summer atmospheres during the winter.
Cherry and banana infusion: properties and benefits
This infusion gives innumerable properties, due to the various ingredients that compose it. Banana infusion contains some water-soluble nutrients, antioxidants such as dopamine and gallocatechin, which protect the body from free radical damage. It is particularly recommended before going to bed and enjoying a good sleep. Some elements relax the muscles (tryptophan, potassium, magnesium): promote rest, relieve stress and improve mood. Furthermore, with its astringent properties, the banana is a very useful food in case of diarrhea - it rebalances the functions following intestinal disorders. The healthy virtues of the banana agree with the properties of the other components, which represent excellent fruits and flowers for well-being. The combination of ingredients contains good doses of vitamin C and also vitamin B6, which support the immune system and the well-being of blood vessels, as well as the skin. Potassium, manganese and magnesium are among the minerals that come from the intake of these fruits and flowers. Other benefits can reach the digestive tract, calming irritations, stimulating bowel movements and the correct absorption of nutrients - preventing constipation, bloating and cramps.
In terms of water retention, the potassium content combines with pineapple bromelain, helping to counteract swelling and promoting diuresis. The natural soothing effects of this blend can bring relief in case of joint pain. A refreshing and beneficial infusion, not overly sweet on the palate. Delicious to be enjoyed both hot and cold as a thirst quencher – in which case, ice can be added to cool it down.
Origins and History of cultivation
The herbal tea blend features several natural elements that help well-being. Among the main ones is the banana, sweet and tender, which dominates this blend. The banana plant, originally from South-East Asia, has spread over the centuries in various territories. In ancient times, it was known in the West thanks to the expeditions of Alexander the Great to India (4th century BC). Over time, bananas arrived in Europe through the Arabs, who knew their healthy properties. They were cultivated in Sicily from the Middle Ages, but remained little known in other territories. In the seventeenth century they spread to many parts of the planet, thanks to the colonial voyages undertaken by the Portuguese and the Spanish. Today bananas are among the most consumed fruits in the world, and they grow throughout the tropical area.
Plants and fruits
The components of the infusion are many, and the mixture contains leaves and flowers of different origins: hibiscus, dog rose, pineapple, banana, papaya, calendula flowers.
The banana plant includes various species, belonging to the Musaceae. Among the most widespread are the Musa balbisiana and the Musa acuminata. It is a plant that prefers a warm tropical climate, and grows up to 7 meters in its wild form. The fruit represents a false berry, which contains no seeds. It develops without the flower being fertilized, and matures even after being separated from the plant. The banana, in fact, is known for its conservation capacity; moreover, the maturation depends on the temperature.
Hibiscus is a tropical herbaceous plant (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis), belonging to the mallow family, Malvaceae. It grows in full sun or partial shade, in the form of over 200 species and many cultivars. Hibiscus flowers are famous for their many colors, from white to red, pink, yellow and orange. They are dried and used in herbal medicine or for nutrition.
The Rosa is a plant of the Rosaceae family, present in over three hundred species and thousands of cultivars. It can take the form of an upright or climbing shrub, and gives flowers of different shapes, sizes and colors - from white to yellow and deep red. Most of the species are native to Asia.
Calendula officinalis is a herbaceous plant, up to about 70 centimeters tall.i about. Its flowers show a yellow-orange color, for which it is also called fiorrancio. From these flowers various soothing properties are obtained, for well-being and cosmetics.
The Ananas comosus is a fruit plant of the Bromeliaceae family. It grows best with excellent exposure to the sun, and very slowly (it takes up to 2 years for full maturity). It develops purple, pink or red flowers, and the famous pine cone-shaped fruit. Fruits are formed from flowers and berries of the plant, which combine to form a single fruit.
Papaya (Carica papaya) is a plant of the family Caricaceae. It grows up to 8 metres, and displays male and female flowers on separate plants. According to some scholars, it could derive from the fusion of species originating from Mexico and Central America. Today it is grown throughout the tropical world, for its succulent fruit.
Nutritional values of cherry and banana infusion
The main active ingredients of the infusion are vitamins (C and group B), and minerals such as potassium, manganese and magnesium. Other beneficial groups of antioxidants and substances are bromelain, tryptophan, papain. How to use the ingredients in the infusion The cherry and banana infusion is obtained by placing about 3-5 grams of the mixture with water at 100 °C in a cup (250 ml). Leave it to infuse for 10 to 12 minutes, before drinking the diuretic and relaxing herbal tea. Add honey or sugar, if desired.
Cherry and banana tea: side effects and contraindications
Even if the infusion brings benefits, it is necessary not to exceed the doses or take it for too long periods. Excessive consumption can lead to nausea, stomach pain and hyperkalemia. Furthermore, it is advisable to evaluate any allergies to the components of the infusion. It is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women.