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11 Fun Facts About Bananas

Published on: April 28, 2014  

11 Fun Facts About Bananas

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~ The scientific name for banana is musa sapientum, which means “fruit of the wise men.”

~ Bananas float in water, as do apples and watermelon.

~ Some cultures use the fiber in the banana plant to make fabric and sometimes even paper.

~ The fastest marathon ever run by a competitor dressed as a fruit was 2 hours, 58 minutes, and 20 seconds – recorded at the Barcelona Marathon on March 6, 2011. The runner was Patrick Wightman from England, who dressed like a banana.

~ The Banana Club Museum, located just south of Palm Springs, CA houses the world’s largest collection devoted to any one fruit. It contains more than 17,000 banana items. Visit their site to learn more about bananas and to join the club.

~ A man in India once ate 81 bananas in a half hour.

~ More songs have been written about bananas than any other fruit.

~ A cluster of bananas is called a hand, and a single banana is called a finger. Each banana hand has about 10-20 fingers.

~ About half of all people who are allergic to latex are often allergic to bananas.

~ Banana peels are actually edible if cooked.

~ If you put a banana in the refrigerator, the peel will turn dark brown or black, but it won’t affect the fruit inside.

Hope you and your family enjoyed these fun facts!  Stay tuned…more fun facts are on the way.

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