19 Surprising Facts You Didn’t Know About Bananas
Do you like bananas? I’m bananas for them! Really though, who doesn’t like bananas? They’re easy to find, they’re cheap, they taste fantastic, and they are a rich source of Potassium. Potassium is a very useful mineral: it helps in maintaining a healthy balance of fluids in the body, and also helps regulate blood pressure. So, you should eat bananas.
However, apart from being tasty and healthy, bananas are also really interesting. Here are some surprising facts which you didn’t know about them:
Bananas float in water, just like apples and watermelons.
- The type of banana which you see in most supermarkets, is the Cavendish banana. The Gros Michel was originally preferred over the Cavendish, but that variety turned extinct in 1960, because of Panama disease, a fungus
- The Banana Club Museum has the world’s largest collection devoted to a single fruit. Located at California, USA, it contains over 17,000 different banana items, most of which have been donated by the members of the club. You can join the club at Banana Club. Its bananas!
- Smelling bananas may help you lose weight. Yes, really! The same applies to green apples as well.
- Bananas have Vitamin C. Generally, when you think about fruits with Vitamin C, you assume that they’ll be sour. Well, that’s not so. Bananas, it has been found, have about fifteen per cent of your daily requirement of Vitamin C.
- Rubbing the fleshy, inside part of a banana peel on a bug bite, or a poison ivy rash will reduce itching and inflammation.
- Another great use of banana peels is rubbing them on a burn wound, or a scratch. That will reduce pain, inflammation, and reduce chances of an infection occurring.
- If you ever get a splinter, stick a piece of banana peel onto the area with some cello tape. The enzymes in the peel will help the splinter get out of your skin, and it will also help the wound heal faster.
- Wrapping banana stems tightly in cling foil will make the banana last for up to three to five days longer than usual.
- To speed up the ripening process of a banana, put it in a container (a box of any sort, or even a paper bag will do). Then add another fruit to it. The proximity to the fruit will help it ripen quicker.
- Bananas come in many shapes and forms. Some wild varieties include pink coloured bananas with fuzzy skins, bananas with green and white stripes and orange pulp, and bananas which taste like strawberries, when they are cooked.
- A cluster of bananas is called a hand, and a single banana is called a finger. Each banana hand typically has about ten to twenty fingers.
- India is the largest producer of bananas in the world. It produces around 28 percent of the world’s total banana production. China comes second, with about 10 percent of the world’s total production.
- Are your indoor plants looking dull and lifeless? Rub the inside of a fresh banana peel on them, and the leaves will look shiny again.
- If your hair is dry and damaged, bananas can help restore their beauty. Add a tablespoon of heavy cream and of honey, to a mashed banana. Apply the mix to dry hair, cover your hair with a shower cap or polythene bag, and then wrap your head in a warm towel, and leave undisturbed for an hour. Then rinse thoroughly with warm water and shampoo, and voila! Your hair has its natural shine again.
- If you have yellow teeth, rubbing the inside of a banana peel on your teeth at night will help whiten them. Rub it thoroughly on your teeth for two minutes, and then gargle with salt water. The Potassium, Magnesium and Manganese in the banana peel contrive to bring about this wonderful effect.
- If you need some fertilizer for your garden plants, bananas and banana peels are ideal, because of their potassium and phosphorous content. You can bury them whole or cut them in pieces and mix with the soil. Your plants will love it!
- In the US, bananas are only grown commercially in Hawaii. Most of the bananas consumed in the US come from Latin America, and countries in South America.
- The scientific name for banana means ‘fruit of the wise men’.