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Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Bananas

Sep 12, 2013
Banana BunchThe banana is the perfect fruit. It is conveniently wrapped in its own to-go, biodegradable packaging. It is neat, colorful, and ready to eat when you are. In addition to its convenience, it’s notoriously healthy. It’s packed with potassium, riboflavin, niacin, and fiber.

They come from the world’s tropical regions. We import them from Ecuador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Columbia. Commonly thought to grow on “trees” their source is actually a plant.

Bananas are harvested when the fruit is green, hard, and has a starchy internal pulp. Don’t eat it this way unless you cook it, because it’s more like a potato at this point! As they ripen the starches convert to sugar and develops the sweet, soft consistency we are all used to when eating it fresh.

But you probably already knew that… so what DON’T you know about the banana?

  1. It is the number one selling fruit item in retail (according to The Packer 2013 Fresh Trends report here)
  2. The banana plant originated in Southeast Asia.
  3. Some believe it was a banana, and not an apple, that tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden.
  4. Bananas are ripened in temperature, humidity and airflow controlled ripening rooms to achieve the perfect yellow color.
  5. The banana plant is self-propagating. The existing plants sprout a “daughter” plant and that plant becomes the next generation.
  6. It takes approximately 1 year for a banana plant to produce fruit. Once fruit appears, it is removed to let the daughter plant continue in it’s place.
  7. The banana plant produces a “raceme” this is the stem at the center of a banana bunch.
  8. The raceme weighs between 70-100 pounds and emerges one at a time.
  9. Each plant only produces one raceme.
  10. Given it’s tropical nature, banana peels will get “chill damage” if exposed to low temperatures (under 55 F)

 

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