Interesting facts about bananas

The stem of banana grass sometimes reaches 10 meters in height and 40 centimeters in diameter. As a rule, 300 fruits with a total weight of 500 kg hang on one such stalk.

The name banana is derived from the Arabic word 'banan', which means finger.

A total of 16.5 million bananas are grown in India every year and India is the leading banana producer when compared to the rest of the world.

The world record for the absorption of bananas in 1 hour is 81 bananas.

Goldfinger bananas do not taste like “classic” ones, they are more like apples. It is a hybrid bred by Philip Rove and grown in small quantities in Australia.

Bananas are very useful and nutritious for the body. They contain a large amount of relatively rare vitamin B6, potassium and fiber, as well as a number of trace elements: iron, copper, zinc, selenium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus. It is also believed that those who regularly consume bananas are significantly less at risk of cancer and heart disease.

Seychelles MAO Island - the only place in the world where gold, red and black bananas grow

Banana fruits ripen better and become tastier if they are half-green when picked from the "tree".

The textile banana, or abaca (Musa textilis), is widely known - light and strong fiber obtained from the false stem of this species, known as Manila hemp, is used to make sea ropes and fishing nets.

More than a thousand varieties of bananas are known in the world, but most of them are inedible. At the moment, there are only 5 types of sweet, edible and disease-resistant bananas on the planet: Rajapuri, Mysore (sweet and sour), Ice cream, Robusta and Lady Finger.

In the 1930s, in Nazi Germany, bananas were declared an "unpatriotic" fruit (the currency required to purchase them was used for other purposes). As part of this campaign, German doctors issued "warnings about the harmfulness" of a banana, the use of which allegedly leads to a "volvulus". Fruit shop managers were supposed to display posters that read "A true patriot eats German apples."

The term "banana republic" refers to small states with an unstable political environment and economic dependence on foreign capital, which comes from the export of bananas. The term "banana republic" was first used by O. Henry in the collection of stories Kings and Cabbage in 1904 (Korney Ivanovich Chukovsky, in translation into Russian, used the expression "fruit republic").

Bananas will make you smarter. 200 students from Twickenham University (UK), under medical supervision, ate a banana for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their exam scores outperformed others.

Every year, 100 million bananas are eaten around the world, making this product the fourth largest crop among all crops, behind only wheat, rice and corn.

Americans eat bananas much more than other fruits. There are nearly 12 kilograms of bananas for every person in the United States per year, which is more than the consumption of apples and oranges combined.

Which country do you think the most bananas are eaten in? Answer: in Uganda, every resident there eats more than 220 kilograms of bananas a year, that is, they have bananas for breakfast, lunch and dinner.