We all know that the bananas are one of the most important fruit in the world. Also, banana is one of the fruits that are rich sources of potassium.
Speaking from the point of botany, bananas are among the berries, which means that they are in same group with grapes, cranberries and tomatoes.
Have you ever wondered why all bananas look so similar and always have the same taste? Did you know that they are one of the most important foods in Africa, and that every year world eats more than 100 billion bananas?
Here is the list with things which you probably didn’t know about bananas:
- Almost every single commercial banana (eg. The Cavendish variety, the most popular in the world) is a clone of a single plant from Southeast Asia. Genetically, they are all identical. All bananas are grown must be careful to plant exclusively from existing roots. This genetic homogeneity is, of course, very risky. If a parasite or disease attacks the clone, soon everyone could become infected, something that has happened before and which had catastrophic consequences for the industry.
- Banana helps in depression
According to a recent survey conducted among people who suffer from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that your body converts into serotonin. And as it is known, serotonin relaxes and improves mood.
- Bananas are naturally radioactive
They are a natural source of radioactive isotopes. True, a banana does not have enough radioactive elements that trigger the sensors, and especially to harm people, but if they tried prokrijumičariti more peeled banana, the sensors that are used in airports to detect smuggled nuclear material would be immediately turned on the red light. Although radioactive, the chances that you bananas killed with radioactive radiation are almost nil. We should stand in front of 200 peeled banana to the effect of radiation was equivalent to that of the X-ray, and only 20 million bananas would cause deadly radiation poisoning.
- They grow in Iceland
Yes, you read that right – they do not grow only in the jungles, but you can find them in the land of fire and ice. Although tropical fruits, the Island is full of geothermal energy so that bananas can be grown in homes and greenhouses. As a result, Icelanders produce enough bananas for their own use, so you do not have to do import.
- Although 80% of their composition is water, is impossible to squeeze the juice from them.
- After World War II, bananas were a luxury and they could afford only the ultra rich people.
- Although 80% of their composition is water, from bananas is impossible to squeeze the juice.
- Bananas do not grow on trees. They grow from the root structure that produces one stalk, which is located above the ground. It is a common perennial plant, the largest herbaceous flowering plants in the world.
- The largest exporter of bananas is Ecuador, and after him, Costa Rica and the Philippines. The largest importer of the United States.
- Bananas contain mineral manganese which is necessary for proper bone formation, growth and normal metabolism.