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.
Bananas Are at Risk of ExtinctionPhoto: Graham Reznick / FlickrBecause of the two items above (man-made seedless fruit and the herb thing), plus the fact that there's only one variety widely grown, the super popular Cavendish bananas are constantly at risk. One aggressive bug or disease is all that it would take to wipe bananas out completely. In fact, the Cavendish banana we eat nowadays —which is at high risk of extinction— is a replacement for the virtually identical banana, Gros Michel, that went the way of the dodo in the 1960s.
Bananas Are Great for HangoversPhoto: keepon i / FlickrBananas are awesome cures for hangovers! That's because, like Coca-Cola, they're rich in potassium. Eat one before bed or just after waking up (and then go straight back to bed).
Banana-Flavored Candy Tastes Like an Extinct Form of BananaPhoto: beana_cheese / FlickrOne major problem with growing genetically identical bananas? It only takes one virus or bug to completely wipe them out. That happened the Gros Michel version everyone ate before the 1960s. But when the variety went practically extinct, we moved on to the Cavendish bananas we know and love today. Ever wondered why old school "banana flavored" candies don't really taste like banana? It's because they were modeled after the Gros Michel, not the Cavendish!
It's Bad Luck to Bring Bananas on a BoatPhoto: Metaweb / CC-BYIt's a sailors' superstition. Some ships even ban Banana Boat sunscreen or Banana Republic clothes onboard. Nobody really knows the reason for sure. Some say it's because ships carrying bananas have to travel quickly so the fruit doesn't deteriorate, and as a result they cannot fish. Some say that the ripe fruit releases methane that can kill the sailors. Hypothesis apart, this makes me wonder, how the invention of the banana boat was even possible?