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Americans Eat An Average Of 27 Pounds Of Bananas Per Person Every Year.

Bananas are pretty incredible, we think you’ll have to agree. They’re easily one of the best fruits to add to… well… anything! Need to get a boost to your morning but want to have a shake? No problem! Couple scoops of protein powder, a banana, and some strawberries and suddenly you’re rocking your morning with deliciousness! Have some bananas gone brown on your counter? Nonsense! There’s no such thing as a bad banana, just a banana that’s ready to be baked into banana bread! There’s nothing you can’t do with bananas!

  • Bananas float in water because they are less dense in comparison,  as do apples and watermelons
  • Bananas grow on plants that are officially considered an herb.
  • The banana is actually classified as a berry.
  • Bananas may be considered a mood enhancer because it contains the amino acid, tryptophan and Vitamin B6 that helps the body produce serotonin.
  • The bananas we eat today, the Cavendish, are different from pre-1960s’ bananas, the Gros Michael, as those have been wiped out by “the panama disease.”
  • Bananas can help 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 from bug bit or poison ivy.
  • Bananas are great pre-workout snacks because they are loaded with potassium that aids in maintaining nerve and muscle function during work outs.
  • Humans share about 50% of our DNA with bananas.
  • The scientific name for banana is musa sapientum, which means “fruit of the wise men.”
  • The Banana Club Museum, located on Highway 111 in Mecca, Calif. (just south of Palm Springs), houses the world’s largest collection devoted to any one fruit. It contains more than 17,000 banana items, most of which have been donated by members
  • More than 100 billion bananas are eaten every year in the world, making them the fourth most popular agricultural product.
  • Americans eat an average of 27 pounds of bananas per person every year.
  • 51 percent of bananas are eaten for breakfast at home.
  • The highest average per capita consumption of bananas in the world is in Ecuador, where residents eat an average of 218 pounds of bananas per person every year.
  • More songs have been written about bananas than about any other fruit.
  • If you put a banana in the refrigerator, the peel will turn dark brown or black, but it won’t affect the fruit inside.
  • In 327 BC, when Alexander The Great and his army invaded India, he discovered banana crop in the Indian Valleys. After tasting this unusual fruit for the first time, he introduced this new discovery to the Western world.
  • The health benefits of banana include helping with weight loss, reducing obesity, curing intestinal disorders, relieving constipation, and curing conditions like dysentery, anemia, tuberculosis, arthritis, gout, kidney and urinary disorders. Banana can also help with menstrual problems and burns. It is good for reducing blood pressure, protecting heart health, boosting metabolism and immunity, reducing the severity of ulcers, ensuring healthy eyes, building strong bones, and detoxifying the body.
  • The banana made its name after it was sold wrapped in aluminum foil for 10 cents in the 1876 Philadelphia World Fair.
  • Singers Alicia KeysAdele, and Katy Perry all have bananas as one of their backstage demands when performing.
  • A monkey peels a banana upside down when compared to our method, which is pinching the top and splitting the skin before peeling it down to reveal the fruit. This is an easier and less damaging method of peeling a banana.

Sources:

Days of the Year

That’s it Fruit

The Banana Police

Just Fun Facts

The Fact Site

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