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Banana ( Hindi: केला|Telugu: అరటి పండు|Tamil: நேந்திரம் பழம் |Bengali: কলা )

Quick Facts
  • The scientific name for banana is musa sapientum, which means “fruit of the wise men.”
  • Bananas don’t actually grow on trees they grow on plants that are officially classified as an herb. They’re in the same family as lilies, orchids, and palms.
  • Banana plants grow up to 25 feet high, and their leaves can grow to be 9 feet long and 2 feet wide. Their roots can be hundreds of years old.
  • Bananas are technically berries and there are different varieties are cultivated around the world.
  • Banana plants grow not from seeds but from bulbs.
  • A cluster of bananas is called a hand, and a single banana is called a finger. Each banana hand has about 10 to 20 fingers.
  • About 75 percent of the weight of a banana is water.
  • Bananas first appeared in written history in the 6th century B.C.
  • Bananas have been depicted in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.
  • Bananas were probably the first cultivated fruit, and the first banana farms were located in Southeast Asia.
  • More than 100 billion bananas are eaten every year in the world, making them the fourth most popular agricultural product.
  • India produces more bananas than any other country on the planet, accounting for about 28 percent of the worldwide crop.
  • Uganda has the highest average per person consumption in the world.
  • Bananas have high nutritional value and are a healthy snack.
  • Plantains are harder and contain less sugar than normal bananas, they are often used in cooking.
  • Bananas are rich in potassium, making them more radioactive than other fruits. You don’t need to worry though as this naturally occurring radiation has very little effect on the body.
  • Bananas are the only fruit that contains the amino acid tryptophan plus vitamin B6. They help your body produce serotonin—a natural substance that alleviates depression.
  • About half of all people who are allergic to latex are often also allergic to bananas.
  • Banana peels are useful in home like cleaning silver items, polishing leather items.
  • Banana peels work wonders when applied on any insect bites and small burns they reduce pain and swelling , they help in reducing headache when applied on forehead, regular application on wart help in shrinking it.

Scientific classification:

  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Order:     Zingiberales
  • Family: Musaceae
  • Genus:   Musa

Amount 1 medium size (7″ to 7-7/8″ long) (118 g)

  • Calories 105 Kcals
  • Total Fat 0.4 g
  • Saturated fat 0.1 g
  • Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g
  • Monounsaturated fat 0 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Sodium 1 mg
  • Potassium 422 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 27 g
  • Dietary fiber 3.1 g
  • Sugar 14 g
  • Protein 1.3 g
  • Vitamin A    1%
  • Vitamin C    17%
  • Calcium    0%
  • Iron     1%
  • Vitamin D  0%
  • Vitamin B-6   20%
  • Vitamin B-12    0%
  • Magnesium     8%


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