70 Unique Facts About Bananas You Don't Know!

Facts About Banana: Banana is a fleshy fruit in botany, an edible fruit produced by a large herbaceous flowering plant in the genus Banana. Although it is the last fruit among the three fruits like mango, jackfruit and banana, banana is the first fruit that is eaten daily by the people of the world. It is a sweet fruit that can be found anytime anywhere. Topping all the goodies, this fruit is loved by children and the elderly, and in some countries it is used as a cooking banana. Although these fruits vary in size, color, and firmness, they are generally elongated and curved. It has smooth flesh and is covered with yellow, green, red, brown and purple skins.

70 Unique Facts About Banana You Don't Know!

Interesting Facts About Bananas!

  • The yellow fruit is classified as a berry.
  • The banana is generally classified as a berry.
  • Humans share about 50 percent of our DNA with bananas.
  • Today’s bananas began to be developed around 650 A.D. in Africa.
  • Bananas grow on plants that are officially considered an herb in nature.
  • The original wild banana contained many large, hard seeds and much pulp.
  • To slow down its ripening process you can put them into the refrigerator. 
  • About 50 billion tones of Cavendish bananas are produced globally each year.
  • Dessert bananas, such as Cavendish bananas, are sweeter and usually eaten raw.
  • Bananas that are exported are picked green and ripened at the destination country.
  • Bananas float in water because they are less dense in comparison to no other fruit.
  • A banana plant stops producing new leaves and grows a flower spike when it matured.
  • About 5.6 million hectares of land are used for banana production around the globe.
  • The scientific name for banana is musasapientum that means “fruit of the wise men.” 
  • In the Philippines, bananas are used to make ketchup instead of Tomato – like really!
  • About 20 to 40 metric tons of bananas can be harvested from 1 hectare, or 2.47 acres.
  • Banana fruits are naturally radioactive which makes them unique in the fruit kingdom. 
  • The European Union (32%) and the United States (25%) are the largest importers of bananas.

Unbelievable Facts About Bananas!

  • The fruit was first introduced to the Americas in the 16th century by Spanish missionaries.
  • The Latin name for banana is “musa sapientum,” which translates to the fruit of the wise men.
  • In Cairo, you can buy papyrus from market stalls which are most often built from banana leaves.
  • The oils inside a banana skin can actually help inflammation and itching caused by insect bites.
  • A “Banana Republic” is a region that is solely sufficient on one single resource for its income.
  • Bananas are one of the most popular fruits in the American diet and are consumed on a daily basis.
  • It is believed bananas originated about 10,000 years ago and may have been the world’s first fruit.
  • Bananas are the only known fruit that helps to produce the neurotransmitter serotonin in Human Body.
  • Green bananas have a very high starch content – as the fruit yellows, this starch turns into sugars.
  • Cooking bananas are usually starchy and need to be boiled, fried, or roasted to make them more palatable.
  • Banana is one of the healthiest fruits on earth and for this reason is popular worldwide. In India, it is…
  • The banana is produced asexually because it’s a sterile species, making it basically a clone of the elder.
  • Bananas can help to lower blood pressure and protect heart health due to high potassium and low salt content.

Amazing Facts About Bananas!

  • Singers Alicia Keys, Adele, and Katy Perry all have bananas as one of their backstage demands when performing.
  • The inside of a banana peel can help relieve itching and inflammation, such as in form of a bug bite or poison ivy. 
  • Bananas are a healthy source of fiber, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and various antioxidants and phytonutrients.
  • In 2012, a resident of Illinois managed to break a world record by peeling and consuming 8 whole bananas in 60 seconds.
  • The banana is named after it was sold in a wrapper of aluminum foil for 10 cents in 1876 Philadelphia during World Fair.
  • A green banana has a large amount of high starch content – as the fruit yellows, this starch turns into sugars/starches.
  • Alexander the Great discovered the Banana crop in the Indian valleys when He and his troops invaded India during 300 B.C.
  • Nearly all the bananas supplied to the United States are Cavendish bananas since they more resilient to the effects of traveling.
  • Leather products like handbags or shoes can be polished with the inside of banana peels, rub them on and wipe them off with a cloth.
  • Bananas may be considered a mood swing preventer as it contains the amino acid, tryptophan, and Vitamin B6 that helps the body to heal.
  • Each bunch could have between 3 to 20 tiers and each tier could contain up to 20 bananas. A bunch could weigh between 66 and 110 pounds.
  • Bananas are amazing pre-workout snacks as they have loaded with potassium that aids in maintaining nerve and muscle function during workouts.
  • The plant that produces bananas is commonly called a tree but is the largest herbaceous flowering plant. The trunk is actually a false stem.

Mind-Blowing Facts About Bananas

  • Philippines has the highest per capita consumption, about 132 per year, followed by Brazil. About 100 billion bananas are consumed globally each year.
  • The bananas you eat today, the Cavendish, are different from pre-1960s’ bananas as the Gros Michael, as those have been wiped out by “the Panama disease.”
  • Bananas are made of about 75% water, which isn’t very much compared to other healthy wonders like the cucumber or radish, which has 96% and 95% respectively.
  • In 2018, a banana plant was hidden in a Yorkshire van hire company’s office, which actually started to sprout fruit after being dormant for an entire decade.
  • In 2010, an American man named Ashrita Furman took the title of “Most Bananas snapped in 1 minute” by breaking 99 of the yellow fruit with both hands in 60 seconds.
  • Monsieur Mangetout was a Frenchman born in 1950 who consumed over 9 tons of metal in his lifetime but couldn’t stomach a single banana, saying they made him feel sick.
  • There are more than 1,000 varieties of bananas grown in over 150 countries. Cavendish is the most commercialized variety, accounting for about 47% of global production.
  • The banana is scientifically a berry, whereas the strawberry is not. This comes down to the classification of a berry. A berry must contain seeds inside the flesh, not outside.
  • The 1971 Woody Allen movie, “Bananas,” made a whopping $11.8 million and appeared in numerous top hit lists, including American Film Institute’s 2000 and AFI’s 100 years 100 laughs.
  • In 2001, a cluster of bananas took the title of the “largest bunch of bananas.” It held 473 individual bananas or “fingers” and weighed a whopping 287lbs (130 kg). It was grown in the Canary Islands.
  • We all know banana flavoring tastes nothing like a real banana. Still, according to a Gros Michel cultivator (the original commercial banana), the artificial flavor does taste very similar to this variety.
  • The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics was won by a team who discovered why bananas are so slippery. As it turns out, it is all down to the polysaccharide molecules in the peel, a substance also found in our joints.

Fun Facts About Bananas!

  • A monkey peels a banana upside down compared to our method, which is pinching the top and splitting the skin before peeling it down to reveal the fruit. This is an easier and less damaging method of peeling a banana.
  • The perfect soil for growing bananas must contain a ph. of between 5.5 and 6.5 and must not be salty or too cold. One of the biggest problems for bananas is root rot caused by the soil being too cold and other factors.
  • On April 24, 2016, a man from the U.K., Andrew Lawrence, ran 2 hours, 47 minutes, and 41 seconds in a banana costume during the London Marathon to secure the fastest time to run a marathon whilst wearing a fruit costume.
  • The biggest producers of bananas are India and China. India produces about 29 million tonnes on average per year, while China produces about 11 million tonnes. The Philippines, Ecuador, and Brazil are also larger producers.
  • The banana we all know and love is under threat from the same disease that struck the predecessor. Panama disease is rife amongst the Cavendish variety (the common variety) after being identified in Africa in the mid-2010s.
  • Around 0.074 lbs (33.57 g) of bananas per person per day are consumed in the United States alone. The largest consumer of bananas worldwide is Uganda, where the average person consumes around 1‎⅓ lb (605 g) of the fruit daily.
  • When the plant is mature, it stops producing new leaves and forms flower spikes, also known as the “banana heart.” Each plant usually only produces one. The fruit is produced from the banana heart and hang in a large cluster made of tiers.
  • If a person is allergic to bananas, or even avocados and chestnuts, they have an increased risk of being allergic to latex. Some say half of those allergic to latex are often allergic to bananas. This is due to the proteins within the banana.
  • In Kalamazoo in 2011, the construction of a vehicle came to an end – this vehicle was an F-150 truck that became the “Big Banana Car.” At almost 23 feet (7 meters) long and 9.8 feet (3 meters) tall, this car has a top speed of around 85mph (136.8km/h).
  • The classic banana species we consumed was called the Gros Michel. It was a sweeter and creamier alternative to the modern banana. Still, due to a sweeping and catastrophic disease in 1965 across Central and Southern America, the farmers swapped to the modern variety.
  • The exact number of bananas produced globally is hard to track since production is commonly done by smallholder farms and are traded in the informal sector. For example, about 70 to 80 percent of production in Africa are local farms that have been growing for over 1,000 years, which are mostly cooking bananas.
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