One of the most popular fruits in the world is the banana. Many people believe that bananas were the first fruit on earth.
Bananas originated in South East Asia in the jungles of Indonesia, The Philippines, and Malaysia.
How much do bananas weigh?
The average weight of an 8-inch banana will be around 4.2 ounces (120 grams).
More than 100 billion bananas are consumed every year with the majority of them being eaten at breakfast.
More than 150 countries around the world grow bananas. The largest exporter of bananas in the world is Ecuador. Altogether more than 105 million tons of bananas are produced globally each year.
The average person will eat around 26 pounds (12 kg) of bananas a year.
The name banana originates in Africa and is an Arabic word for “finger”.
Although many people believe bananas grow on trees it is actually a type of high herb and not a tree.
There are more than 1000 varieties of banana with the most popular being the Cavendish banana.
A single stem of bananas is called a hand which is about 10-20 bananas. Once the hand is split it is then known as a cluster which will be 3-8 bananas.
There are many things that bananas are used for. You can make banana beer, banana muffins, banana pancakes, and banana bread.
~ Fun Fact ~
The black spots on a banana let you know it is ripe. Ripe bananas help boost your immune system and aid in destroying tumor cells.