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Let's Go Bananas!!!

Let's Go Bananas!!!

I love bananas so much that I have one every work day at 11:30am. If you love bananas as much as I do, then you'll be excited to know that today is National Banana Lover's Day! To celebrate, I've put together a few fun facts about bananas:

  • The banana plant is not a tree. It's actually the world's largest herb!
  • A banana plant may grow up to 30 feet in length with stems weighing up to 100 pounds.
  • Bananas are native to Malaysia, and have been in existence for over 1 million years.
  • Bananas were once considered a very exotic, hard to find fruit.
  • Bananas were first sold in the United States in 1876 at the 100th anniversary party of the Declaration of Independence in Pennsylvania. They were wrapped in foil and cost only 10 cents.
  • Today bananas are grown in 132 countries across the globe.
  • The average person eats 33 pounds of bananas a year!
  • Got a banana fun fact to share with us?? Tell us below and share your love for bananas!

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beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
mmmm bananas. i only get the fair trade ones and organic ones which means i don't eat them as often as you do Yum (since they are a bit harder to find that way), but i do love them a lot!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 10 years
Best on cereal. When I was young my grandmother would give us bananas, covered with sugar and half and half.
Jules54 Jules54 10 years
A banana tree only produces one bunch in its lifetime. After that, its cut down. I learned this from a visit to St. Lucia, so I don't know what type of banana they were talking about.
mizzymegmo mizzymegmo 10 years
There is a banana plant growing in the old market in Omaha, NE. It snows here. Weird!
monica117 monica117 10 years
The cavendish is the only banana grown commercially in the world, despite the many genetic varieties of bananas (that's why no matter where you go, all bananas look the same!) Due to this lack of genetic diversity, if a serious contagious disease that kills the cavendish comes along, that's it for our bananas. There was a great show on bananas shown last weekend here in the UK.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 10 years
I love bananas. Sounds weird, but I love banana with white rice.
Ikandy Ikandy 10 years
Lol @ banana day...I luv em. I add em to my cereal all the time...keeps me full 4 a long time. Is it just me or do the organic ones ripen alot faster?
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 10 years
I love my bananas! They are such a convient, fast, and healthy snack when your on the go! I always make sure to buy lots at the grocery store!
cageyme cageyme 10 years
Bananas don't have seeds. They must be grown from cuttings from the parent plant. The variety of banana that we eat in the U.S. is the cavendish. It is considered a dessert banana. (No wonder I like bananas so much.) The cavendish is actually in danger of dying out because of a banana disease. But not to worry! There are many, many, many varieties of bananas. Yes, we have no bananas!
Green Green 10 years
eat bananas B-A-N-A-N-A-S!
Swp2885 Swp2885 10 years
I love bananas they are a really good source of potassium- and restless leg syndrome or even just leg cramping can be eased by putting more potassium in your diet!
rothchild rothchild 10 years
i cannot purchase bananas anymore because i cannot resist ripe ones with peanut butter in a sandwich..yum
ALSW ALSW 10 years
I like banana bread and that's about it!
PinkEsq PinkEsq 10 years
I love bananas in my morning cereal or oatmeal!
mag4966 mag4966 10 years
Sounds like the perfect day for a banana milkshake! Mmmmm... Or a peanut butter and banana sandwich...or both! :Drools:
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 10 years
I like my bananas in a sandwich :)
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