most foods, including vegetables and fruits, that we fed k so far have to be cooked first. the only vegetable we didn’t have to cook was avocado. the second is the fruit we’re giving her next: the banana. like the avocado, when exposed to the air banana’s color changes quickly to an unappetizing gray so prepare it just when you are about to feed the baby.
bananas are not part of the “dirty dozen” list because the inside fruit itself is protected by its thick skin. but the many of the chemicals that are sprayed onto conventional banana trees harm the workers who pick them. *read note
even though you don’t have to cook the banana, you can’t just peel it and let the baby take a bite! best is take a few tablespoons of a very ripe banana and mash it in a baby bowl. then feed it to him/her with a spoon. because of banana’s sweetness though, i always serve bananas to k with other milder flavor fruits or vegetables, or with a grain.
1. resource Mother Nature Network: Why I Buy Organic Bananas