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12 Things You Didn't Know About Bananas

Updated August 30, 2017 344.2k views12 items

Bananas are one of the most popular and iconic fruits. They can be found all over the world and in countless dishes and desserts of all different cultures and cuisines. But have you ever wondered how banana trees grow from those tiny seeds inside bananas, or why some bananas aren't even yellow at all?

 Here are some curious facts to feed your mind and tempt your stomach. Sit back, relax, and enjoy these fun banana factoids.
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    They Are the Best Selling Item at Wal-Mart

    Photo: Dystopos / Flickr
    It's true! According to SciShow, bananas sell better than any other offering at Wal-Mart!
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    Bananas Used to Have Seeds

    Photo: Metaweb / CC-BY

    Bananas, as we know them, are a human invention from like, 5000 B.C. Originally, bananas were full of seeds, but because people are picky eaters, banana hybrids were created, making the fruit seed-free. There are still tiny little seeds in banana, but they don't serve any function in the banana reproduction.

    Look how bananas are in the wild. Weird. Ew.
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    The Banana Tree is Not a Tree

    Photo: flickr / CC0
    It's true! It's just a sneaky herb posing as a tree. A huge herb. Trying to be a palm tree.
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    The Banana Tree Bears Fruit Once and Then Dies

    Photo: Metaweb / CC-BY

    The banana tree, or herb, bears only one bunch of bananas before dying. Luckily, it shoots a new "eye" (a baby plant) before dying, the entire process only taking about ten years.

    Here's the banana flower. It's edible too.