Banana Facts 10 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT BANANAS
Posted 19 July 2010 - 09:25 AM
1.Bananas are a human invention
Bananas as we know them are a human invention from like, 5000 B.C. Because people are picky eaters and don't like seeds. So they made hybrids until they got away with the seeds. There are still tiny little seeds in banana, but they don't work.
Look how bananas are in the wild. Weird. Ew.
2.The banana tree is not a tree
It's true! It's just a sneaky herb posing as a tree. A huge herb. Trying to be a palm tree.
3.The banana tree bears fruit once and then dies
The banana tree or herb bears only one bunch of bananas and then dies. Luckily, it shoots a new "eye" (a baby plant) before dying. This cycle lasts for about ten years, and then that particular organism dies.
Here's the banana flower. It's edible too.
4.Bananas are at risk of extinction
Because of the two items above (man-made seedless fruit, herb thing), plus the plantation type of agriculture (lack of variety = genetic weakness) the super popular Cavendish bananas are constantly at risk. One aggressive bug or disease, and bananas would be extinct. In fact, the Cavendish banana we eat nowadays —which is at high risk of extinction— is a replacement for the virtually identical banana Gros Michel that went the way of the dodo in the 1960s.
5.Bananas are great for hangover
Bananas are awesome cures for hangover! That's because, like Coke (the soda, smart ass), they're rich in potassium. Eat one before bed or just after waking up (and going back to bed).
6.It's bad luck to bring bananas on a boat
It's sailors' superstition. Some ships even ban Banana Boat sunscreen or Banana Republic clothes onboard. Nobody really knows the reason for sure. Some say it's because ships carrying bananas have to go fast so the fruit doesn't deteriorate, and as a result they cannot fish. Some say that the ripe fruit releases methane that can kill the sailors. Hypothesis apart, this makes me wonder, how the invention of the banana boat was even possible?
7.You need nuclear science to extract juice from bananas
It's awfully hard to extract juice from bananas, even though they're 80% water. Have you ever tried squeezing one? Their molecular structure is just not very squeezable. The currently available banana juice is blended banana, not squeezed banana. Which is obviously cheating. But for some reason, Indian atomic scientists are trying to find a way to extract juice from banana. Yeah, atomic scientists. From the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. Go figure.
This image is from their website. They don't state how many bananas were used to make this much juice.
8. A banana can be a weapon
In Monrovia, Maryland, a man hold up a store with a banana. The thief snatched one fruit from the counter and began hitting the clerk, who pulled out a knife. The man with the banana split with no profit from the crime, except for the banana, which was damaged by then. And in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a man hid a banana under his shirt and pretended it was a gun when trying to rob a store. He was caught by the store owner and ate the evidence while waiting for the cops. Strangely, he was charged with felony attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon. Not a very effective weapon, but a nutritious one.
9.Bananas are an important staple food
No surprise in being the most popular fruit, but ranking fourth as a staple food is not that expected (after wheat, rice, and corn). In some poor regions of the planet, bananas account for 70% of the dietary consumption.
10. India is the biggest banana producer in the world
In those countries, even though Cavendish is still king, there's plenty of variety of bananas. In Brazil, in any farmers' market one can find at least half a dozen types of bananas: baby bananas, plantains, purple bananas, apple bananas, silver bananas, and so on.
Posted 04 May 2011 - 03:49 PM
Over-weight: A diet consisting of bananas and skimmed milk is considered an effective remedy for weight reduction.
Keeps You Alert: It's widely known that bananas help improve brain function. Once again, it's a good idea to add a banana to your breakfast before you start the day.
Helps Quit Smoking: The combination of magnesium, potassium, vitamins A1, B6, B12, and Vitamin C help the body with nicotine withdrawal.
Got the info from this link - http://www.lifemojo....0#ixzz1LOrfsVlq
Posted 12 May 2011 - 06:35 PM
Posted 10 June 2011 - 05:49 AM
1.The banana is a distant cousin to ginger, turmeric, and cardamom, and is botanically classified as a berry.
2.Alexander the Great first came across bananas in India in 327 B.C.
3.Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
4.The banana peel is edible, though perhaps not very palatable unless cooked.
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