We have seen several Guinness World Records being made on food and beverage. Be it a man eating the hottest chillies, a group of people enjoying a cup of tea at Mount Everest Camp 2 or someone making the biggest cake pop, we have witnessed it all. Each time there is a different level of competition altogether. In a bid to enter the Guinness World Records, people participate under numerous categories and break some of the most bizarre records. For instance, growing the greatest number of tomatoes on one stem. While there is no end to such records, the latest one is sure to amaze you as it involves the largest fruit display.  

The world’s largest fruit display was set up outside a store in the tranquil suburb of Westmont in Illinois, the US on June 8, 2022. And simply in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record, more than 70,000 pounds (about 31,751 kg) of bananas were stacked in this enormous showcase. 

Fresh Del Monte, the fruit supplier along with retail operator Jewel-Osco, collaborated for the massive display. They created a big banana stand, named Banana Bonanza, outside a Jewel-Osco store in Westmont, and their effort finally paid off when a Guinness representative declared it the ‘world’s largest fruit display’. The Westmont Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau took to their official Facebook page to share photos of the fruit display, and declared the world record they just made. 

The fruit display took them three days to make. “The bananas were distributed to the crowd present, and the balance is being donated to the food bank for distribution throughout the region,” they stated. Take a look at the full post here: 

Image: Facebook, Westmont Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau

This isn’t the first time such a record has been set. In 2016, Confederacao de Agricultura e Pecuaria do Brasil held the previous Guinness World Record when it displayed 41,459.78 pounds (18,805 kg) of fruit in one location in Brazil. This record saw a variety of 19 different fruits, which were then distributed at the end of the event. 

Talking of bananas, these are easily one of the most versatile fruits. Not only is this sweet and creamy fruit super delicious, but also super nutritious. High in fibre, bananas are great for digestion and aid in the growth of good gut bacteria. So, keeping a couple of them in your bag while on the go may help in taming those untimely, mid-meals hunger pangs. Besides, bananas are also a good source of Vitamin B-12, magnesium, and antioxidants.  If you are planning to go bananas with the fruit literally, we’ve got some amazing recipes for you to try. 

1. Banana Bread 

A light and hearty dessert, classic banana bread is the perfect way to use leftover bananas that are about to go bad. The soft, spongy bread is perfect for a tea time snack or simply when you want to satisfy your sweet tooth. Plus, it is one of the easiest recipes to make. Here’s a gluten-free, dairy-free recipe you can try at home. 

2. Banana Milkshake 

Milkshakes are a rage in summer season. From classic fruit ones to the crunchy nutty ones, milkshakes are loved across age groups. Thick, wholesome, yummy and easy, milkshakes are perhaps the easiest to make when you are pressed for time in the morning. This banana milkshake works like a full meal, and is super easy and quick to make.  Banana milkshake is full of fibre, and can be a full meal in the morning.

3. Banana Pancakes 

The classic American breakfast, fluffy pancakes are a favourite of many. Quick and easy, pancakes can be a perfect breakfast for those busy mornings. This recipe here comes with a hint of banana along with decadent vanilla flavouring that works wonders for your sweet tooth.  

4. Banana Raita

This is a perfect summer recipe to whip up in minutes. Raitas are cool and energising during the scorching summer heat, and this one comes with a delicious spin of banana, cashew nuts, urad dal, and mustard seeds.