Garden Trivia

img_5671cdf41fae5After a long hiatus, the blog is alive and well! Today’s post is a little trivia about a plant that we can’t grow, but whose fruit we love: bananas.  The banana plant is the largest known plant without a solid trunk. Botanically it is not a fruit but a berry. If we do classify them as fruit, however, bananas are by weight the world’s second highest fruit crop, just ahead of grapes but behind oranges. They contain more vitamin B6 than any other fresh fruit. This is the vitamin most commonly associated with creating a good mood and may provide some justification for the Latin name for the banana, which is Musa sapientum, which means “fruit of the wise men.”

  • India and Brazil produce more bananas than any other countries.
  • Elephants in Burma have been known to silence bells hung around their neck by clogging them with mud so they won’t be heard when stealing bananas.
  • In February 1946, a girl in Bridlington died after eating four bananas from among the first crop to reach Britain’s shops after the war.
  • 3 medium size bananas weigh approximately 1 pound.
  • A cluster of bananas is called a hand and consists of 10 to 20 bananas, which are known as fingers.
  • As bananas ripen, the starch in the fruit turns to sugar. Therefore, the riper the banana the sweeter it will taste.
  • Bananas are a good source of vitamin C, potassium and dietary fiber.
  • Bananas are America’s #1 fruit.
  • Bananas are available all year-round. They are harvested every day of the year.
  • Bananas are great for athletic and fitness activity because they replenish necessary carbohydrates, glycogen and body fluids burned during exercise.
  • Bananas have no fat, cholesterol or sodium.
  • Bananas were officially introduced to the American public at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. Each banana was wrapped in foil and sold for 10 cents. Before that time, bananas came to America on the decks of sailing ships as sailors took a few stems home after traveling in the Caribbean.
  • In 2001, there were more than 300 banana-related accidents in Britain, most involving people slipping on skins.
  • In Eastern Africa you can buy banana beer. This beer is brewed from bananas.
  • Over 96% of American households purchase bananas at least once each month.
  • Some horticulturists suspect that the banana was the earth’s first fruit. Banana plants have been in cultivation since the time of recorded history. One of the first records of bananas dates back to Alexander the Great’s conquest of India where he first discovered bananas in 327 B.C.
  • The average American consumes over 28 pounds of bananas each year.
  • Mait Lepik won the first banana-eating championship in Estonia in 1997 by eating ten bananas in three minutes. His secret was to save time by eating the skins as well. (Ugh!) The world record for the most bananas eaten in one hour is eighty-one.
  • Bananas first went on sale in Britain on April 10, 1633. Three hundred and forty-seven years and one day later, Dr. Canaan Banana became President of Zimbabwe.

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