That's Bananas.
Fun Facts about our Favorite Fruit.
 
  • Bananas don’t actually grow on trees—they grow on plants that are officially classified as an herb (not surprisingly, the world’s largest herb). They’re in the same family as lilies, orchids, and palms.
 
  • Banana plants grow up to 25 feet high, and their leaves can grow to be 9 feet long and 2 feet wide. Their roots can be hundreds of years old.
 
  • Bananas are technically berries.
 
  • Banana plants grow from bulbs, not seeds.
 
  • A cluster of bananas is called a hand, and a single banana is called a finger. Each banana hand has about 10 to 20 fingers.
 
  • About 75 percent of the weight of a banana is water.
 
  • A few varieties of wild bananas include bubblegum pink bananas with fuzzy skins, green-and-white striped bananas with pulp the color of orange sherbet, and bananas that taste like strawberries when they’re cooked.
 
  • The scientific name for banana is musa sapientum, which means “fruit of the wise men.”
 
  • Bananas float in water, as do apples and watermelons.
 
  • The type of banana you see in the supermarket is called a Cavendish banana. The preferred variety was originally the Gros Michel, which essentially became extinct by 1960, thanks to a fungus called Panama disease.
 
  • Some cultures (most notably Japan) use the fiber in the banana plant to make fabric and sometimes even paper.
 
  • The fastest marathon ever run by a competitor dressed as a fruit was 2 hours, 58 minutes, and 20 seconds—recorded at the Barcelona Marathon on March 6, 2011. The runner was Patrick Wightman from the United Kingdom, who dressed as a banana.
 
  • 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. (To join the club, visit www.bananaclub.com.)
 
  • 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.
 
  • More than 96 percent of American households buy bananas at least once a month.
 
  • 51 percent of bananas are eaten for breakfast at home.
 
  • 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.”
 
  • India produces more bananas than any other country on the planet, accounting for about 28 percent of the worldwide crop. (China is number two, with ten percent.)
 
  • More songs have been written about bananas than about any other fruit.
 
  • Bananas first appeared in written history in the 6th century B.C.
 
  • Bananas have been depicted in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.
 
  • Bananas may have been the first cultivated fruit, and the first banana farms were likely to have been located in southeast Asia.
 
  • Portuguese sailors introduced bananas to the Americas, bringing them from West Africa in the 16th century. Bananas first became popular with the masses at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Celebration, where they were sold wrapped in foil for 10 cents each.
 
  • David Evans Strickler invented the banana split in 1904 when he was a 23-year-old employee at the Tassel Pharmacy soda fountain in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
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