I was reading a dead tree book of strange facts and the one that caught the eye was about bananas.
After reading, I thought they didn’t seem all that nice to eat after all and was planning to post on it, though it would have to be transcribed and so I didn’t at that time.
I checked this site just now, before writing anything and guess what the advert was.
Now is that uncanny or is that uncanny?
Anyway, the book, The General book of Ignorance, had this to say about the popular fruit – the main parts, not word for word:
1. Herbs usually die above ground after flowering.
2. With bananas, a new stem grows, slightly further along so it gives the effect, over a few years, of the plant having “walked”.
3. Bananas are native to SE Asia and the wild variety are pollinated by bats. They have stones at the centre of the fleshy pulp.
4. The cultivated variety we eat are sweet and tasty but sterile, i.e. they can only propagate with human help, i.e. from suckers whose genetic material has not changed for a hundred centuries.
5. This makes them extremely vulnerable to disease, like black Sigatoka and Panama disease, which are impervious to fungicides.
6. Europe’s solution is to grow them over Icelandic thermal springs and the bulk of Europe-distributed bananas is Iceland. Fyffes, the banana international, which buys the entire crop of Belize each year, is Irish.
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