20 Amazing Facts About Bananas
Bananas are one of the world’s most popular fruits. This tropical fruit is a staple of millions of households throughout the world. Not only are bananas exceptionally healthy for you, there are many amazing, funny and hard-to-believe facts about them. Yes, this ancient fruit has many stories to tell.
Sit down, grab a snack (the most fitting would be a banana) relax and find out 20 amazing facts about the humble banana!
Bananas are highly nutritious
You may have already known this. But if you didn’t, let us fill you in: in one medium-sized banana there are a total of 110 calories, none of which are from fat. Hey, you really have to like that. Furthermore, these yellowish tasty wonders are full of potassium, which benefits your heart and cardiovascular system.
They float in water
Here’s a rather strange fact about bananas: compared to other fruits, they are far less dense. Therefore, bananas possess the ability to float in water. While their heavier members of the fruit family such as pineapples and pears sink, bananas can swim – well, they can’t swim, but they’re very buoyant all the same!
They’re very popular
If you were to hold a popularity contest amongst the most popular fruits people consume each and every day, bananas would most likely win first place. It comes as no surprise that global banana exports reached 18 million tons in 2015, according to experts at the United Nations.
Bananas are both berries and herbs
Hold on a minute here. What exactly are you talking about? You’re about to learn another perhaps lesser known fact about bananas. Since they grow on plants, they’re officially classified as a herb. And although they look about as much like a berry as Europe looks like Asia, they’re nonetheless considered a berry.
They have a good effect on your mood
Bananas are a mood enhancer. They contain amino acid tryptophan and Vitamin B6, all of which contribute to your body’s production of serotonin. So, if you’re having a less than pleasant day, eat a banana and you’ll feel much better.
A new breed
The following fact is most likely one only die-hard banana fans care to know about. The types of bananas people eat today are known as the Cavendish. They are different from their predecessor, the Gros Michael, that were all destroyed in the 1950s by the Panama Disease.
Boost your workout
If you’re looking for a great snack to eat before your daily workout at the gym, your best bet is a banana. Because they’re loaded with potassium, bananas maintain nerve and muscle function during workouts.
Humans share DNA with bananas
This is a rather odd one, wouldn’t you say? Humans share roughly 50% DNA with bananas. Really? I suppose if one believes that we are descended from apes. Yeah, this is a strange fact. We’ll leave this one up to you to decide what you think of it.
They reduce swelling
As stated earlier, there are countless health benefits to eating bananas. Bananas reduce swelling and protect against one developing type-2 diabetes. Additionally, they strengthen your nervous system. There isn’t anything here not to like.
They’re good for your skin
Yes, they truly are. To explain, bananas are high in antioxidants. These things provide strong protection from free radicals, which we have to deal with each and every day. They can play havoc on your skin. Bananas will fight them for you.
Like most things, scientists have given bananas their own special name. The banana’s is musa sapientum. By the way, in case you weren’t aware, this means ‘fruit of the wise men’ in Latin. Presumably, this means you’ll become smarter if you consume the fruit. Who knows?
It doesn’t come as a complete shock to learn that Hawaii is the only U.S. state that has the right climate and conditions to grow bananas. While some of the bananas consumed by Americans and Canadians come from Hawaii, the majority is imported from Latin America, with Honduras and Panama being some of the largest providers.
That’s one fast banana
Some people will do just about anything to garner attention. Patrick Wightman of the United Kingdom decided to dress up a big, yellow banana on March 6, 2011, and competed at the Barcelona Marathon. He did well, all things considered, finishing the race in 2 hours and 58 minutes.
A whole pile of bananas
You wouldn’t think people adore bananas to the point where they’d build a museum dedicated to this world-famous fruit. Well, just south of Palm Springs, California on Highway 111 there is just that – the Banana Club Museum. In fact, if you go there, you’ll see close to 20,000 banana-related items. Talk about going bananas.
A good defense against mosquitos
Banana peels have a special oil inside of them that can be rubbed on a mosquito bite or poison ivy. This helps if you are suffering from itching and don’t want the bite to get inflamed. Banana peels also help reduce swelling.
Headaches don’t stand a chance
We all get those pulsating migraines that just don’t seem to subside. They’re so painful and make us feel nauseated. Well, there’s a very simple cure for that. Apparently (I’ve never tried this), if you rub a banana peel on your forehead, you can cure a headache.
Because bananas and banana peels are compostable, you can use them to make great fertilizers. Your plants will really benefit from cut-up banana peels mixed with garden soil. Just some food or thought or ideas to improve next year’s garden.
Crazy about bananas
In case you were wondering, the country with the world’s highest consumption of bananas is Uganda. This African nation really loves their bananas. Residents eat an average of 500 pounds of the fruits per person each and every year. Ugandans have their own word for this national treasure, matooke.
India is slated to become the world’s largest economy in a few decades and they’re already got a good head start with banana production. India produces way more bananas than its rivals Brazil and China for a total of 28 perfect worldwide.
A rich history
The first recorded stories of bananas date back to the 6th century B.C. On that note, there are ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics on display in museums. The delightful ice cream treat known as the banana split was invented in 1904 by David Evans Strickler of Pennsylvania.