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  • Banana powder is a powder made from processed bananas.
  • Banana powder made from dried green banana could be stored in an air-tight container for several months.
  • A novel lab-scale process has been developed at BARC for extraction of juice from banana and production of banana powder as a by-product.
  • Banana powder (BP) was added to hard-red spring wheat (HRSW) flour intended for yeast-leavened bread formulation.
  • The processing of banana into banana powder involved as dipping in warm water, peeling, slicing, blanching, pulping, dilution and filtering. The filtered banana juice was spray dried to get the banana powder.
  • It is used as a component for production of milk shakes and baby foods.
  • It is also used in the manufacture of various types of cakes and biscuits.
  • The use of banana powder in baby formula has been widespread since the very early 1900s as a method of keeping babies healthy.
  • Banana powder, because of its high concentration of banana essence, has been found to be a "major source of carbohydrate and calories".
  • Ayurvedic doctors in India have traditionally used dried banana powder (Musa paradisiaca) to treat ulcers.
  • A laboratory has developed a bench level technology for extracting almost 60 70 % of the total soluble materials of banana in the form of its juice and the left over pulp can be dried into a fine powder.
  • The United Fruit Company began to produce a product named Melzo during the 1930s, in which banana powder was the main ingredient.

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