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20 Interesting Facts about Banana that will shock you

Aayush Chowdhury
Aayush Chowdhury

The banana plant is classified as a perennial herb and the banana itself is considered as  berry. A bunch of bananas is called a hand while a single banana is a finger. There are almost 1,000 varieties of bananas throughout the world, according to the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Banana is a fruit that many of you eat on a daily basis, whether in breakfast, lunch, or just a snack. It has great diversity and such a complimentary flavor, that it’s used in a plethora of different cuisines and dishes like from curry to ice cream. 

Here is the list of 20 amazing banana Facts that will enrich your Knowledge – 

  • The banana is named after it was sold in a wrapper of aluminum foil for 10 cents in the 1876 Philadelphia during World Fair.

  • Banana fruits are naturally radioactive which makes them unique in fruit kingdom. 

  • A green banana has large amount of high starch content – as the fruit yellows, this starch turns into sugars/starches.

  • Bananas float in water because they are less dense in comparison like no other fruit.

  • Bananas are one of the most popular fruits in the American diet and consumed in daily basis.

  • Bananas grow on plants that are officially considered an herb in nature.

  • The banana is generally classified as a berry

  • Bananas may be considered a mood swing preventer as it contains the amino acid, tryptophan and Vitamin B6 that helps the body to heal.

  • 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 can help to lower blood pressure and protect heart health due to high potassium and low salt content.

  • The inside of a banana peel can help relieve itching and inflammation, such as in from of  bugbit or poison ivy. 

  • Bananas are amazing pre-workout snacks as they are loaded with potassium that aids in maintaining nerve and muscle function during work outs.

  • Humans share about 50 percent of our DNA with bananas.

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  • The scientific name for banana is musasapientum that means “fruit of the wise men.” 

  • To slow down its ripening process you can put them into the refrigerator. 

  • A banana plant stops producing new leaves and grows a flower spike when it matured.

  • Bananas are the only the known fruit that helps to produce the neurotransmitter serotonin in Human Body.

  • Banana is a good source of K, fiber, vitamin C and vitamin B6 and other oxidants too.

  • In Philippines, Banana are used to make ketch up instead of Tomato – like really!

  • Alexander the Great discovered the Banana crop in the Indian valleys when He and his troops invaded India during 300 B.C.

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