If you don’t eat bananas, you should. Really. They’re really useful, not just tasty. And there are tons of interesting facts on bananas. We’ve picked 25 such facts, so read on below:
1. Technically, bananas are berries.
2. Name of the first Zimbabwe’s president was Canaan Banana.
3. Bananas are not just green and yellow, some bananas are red, which have much softer pulp.
4. Banana is an excellent source of vitamin B6 among all other fruits. It could help you to feel happier as they contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to promote relaxation and improve mood.
5. India and Brasilia are world’s leaders in banana production.
6. One medium banana packs about 422 milligrams of potassium, which is 11 percent of 4,700 milligrams adults should get on a daily basis.
7. Mait Lepik became Estonia’s banana eating champion in Tallinn by eating ten bananas in three minutes. To save time, Mait Lepik ate the bananas without peeling them.
8. The scientific name for banana is “musa sapientum”, which means “fruit of the wise men”.
9. A man in India once ate 81 bananas in a half hour.
10. A medium-sized banana contains only 95 calories, and provides a quick-but-sustained energy boost in a natural, nutritious and easily digestible form with no fat, cholesterol or sodium.
11. Contrary to popular belief, bananas do not grow on trees—it is actually the world’s largest perennial herb and grows up to 25 feet, developing massive banana leaves that may extend 9 feet in the air.
12. Bananas are naturally radioactive. This comes from the fact that they contain relatively high amounts of potassium. Specifically, they contain Potassium-40, which is a radioactive isotope of potassium.
13. The “trunk” of a banana plant is not made of wood, it is made of tightly overlapping leaves.
14. The inside of a banana skin can be used to calm an itchy mosquito bite – many people find that rubbing the bite with the skin helps to reduce irritation.
15. The inside of a banana skin can be used to polish shoes or computer disks.
16. Just one banana plant has 12 to 20 individual bananas, called fingers that make up a hand. Each stem develops 7 to 14 hands of bananas.
17. Bananas contain 15% of your daily recommended Vitamin C, which helps your body heal. Make sure to eat bananas when you’re feeling sick.
18. Bananas float in water, as do apples and watermelons.
19. More than 100 billion bananas are eaten every year in the world, making them the fourth most popular agricultural product.
20. The highest average per capita consumption of bananas in the world is in Uganda, where residents eat an average of 500 pounds of bananas per person every year. In fact, the Ugandan word matooke means both “food” and “banana.”
21. More songs have been written about bananas than about any other fruit.
22. About 75 percent of the weight of a banana is water.
23. Bananas first appeared in written history in the 6th century B.C.
24. There are approximately 1000 different types of banana plants in the world today, but most are unpalatable.
25. Over 100 billion bananas are consumed annually in the world, making this fruit 4th largest agricultural product in the world, following wheat, rice and corn.