Heckayeah, baby! Before slipping into your favorite banana costume and heading off to work to celebrate, here’s some great banana trivia from our friends over at Chiquita:
- Did you know there are ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs that depict people with bananas?
- Bananas have been around as early back as 6th century B.C. (this is when they were first mentioned in literature)
- Miss Chiquita first appeared on the famous banana labels in 1963.
- Did you know there is a museum in Auburn, Washington dedicated to bananas? It’s called the Washington Banana Museum.
- The banana plant reaches its full height of 15 to 30 feet in about one year. The trunk of a banana plant is made of sheaths of tightly overlapping leaves.
- Did you know bananas, apples & watermelons float in water?
- You can use the inside of a banana peel to polish patent leather shoes.
- The average American eats 27 pounds of bananas each year!
- A man in India once ate 81 bananas in a half an hour.
- Bananas don’t grow on trees. They’re actually a giant herb.
- Bananas are one of the few foods to contain the 6 major vitamin groups.
- If you peel a banana from the bottom up you won’t get the string things.
- Those stringy things are called phloem (pronounced FLOM).
- The word banana comes from an Arab word “banan” meaning finger.
- An individual banana is called a finger. A bunch of bananas is called a hand.
- The scientific name for banana is musa sapientum, which mean fruit of the wise men.
- Bananas are a very rich source of vitamin B6, which your brain needs to function properly and make you wise.
- The phrase “going bananas” was first recorded in the Oxford English Dictionary because of the banana’s connection with monkeys.
Note from Kirsten: If you separate the bananas when you get them home from the grocery, they don’t ripen as quickly. Nifty, eh?
PEEL ON BABY! – Kirsten