Bananas, the fruit that comes in its very own wrapper, is healthy and nutritious and tastes delicious. That’s what most people know about bananas and I find that odd since bananas are one of the more widely known and eaten fruits of its kind.
There are many interesting facts about the world around us and bananas are no exception. After reading this article, you will know more about bananas than you ever did and you will never look at bananas the same way again.
#1. Bananas are naturally radioactive!
That’s right, the venerable banana is one of nature’s most radioactive fruits. They contain Potassium 40 which is a radioactive isotope.
#2. Bananas could be wiped out!
Bananas are a perfect clone of each other and ultimately one source of banana plants found in Southeast Asia. This fact, means that if you could wipe out one plant, you could effectively wipe them all out. That would mean no more bananas forever!
#3. Bananas don’t grow in trees.
Bananas actually grow on a root system and the plant itself is an herb, not a tree. This arborescent plant is known as the largest flowering herb in the world.
#4. A berry?
Bananas are technically considered a berry which makes them even more interesting than before, don’t you think?
#5. Allergic to bananas?
About 50% of people who are allergic to latex products are often also allergic to bananas. The peels contain an oil that is transmitted to the skin when touched.
#6. Do bananas have veins?
Not exactly, but the strings that go up and down the length of a banana is called Phloem Bundles and they help distribute nutrients to every part of the growing bananas.
#7. Tenderizing effects.
If you are cooking a very tough piece of meat, wrap it in banana leaves while it is cooking; this will make it very tender and moist. You can also add pieces of ripe banana to the pan while cooking meat for a flavorful and tender meal.
#8. Facial toner.
Bananas can be used as a natural facial toner; just mash the banana into a paste and apply it to your face for 15-20 minutes. Then just rinse it off with cold water and see the results. Doing this on a regular basis will help keep your skin looking youthful and glowing