Australia delights in providing “big” statues/displays of fruit, fish, animals and birds. Here is the Big Banana outside of Coff’s Harbour, North of Sydney, New South Wales. We are house/pet sitting nearby with adorable little Lucy.
HISTORICAL TIDBITS ABOUT BANANAS:
- 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.
Portuguese sailors introduced bananas to the Americas, bringing them from West Africa in the 16th century
RANDOM THINGS ABOUT BANANAS:
- The scientific name for banana is musa sapientum, which means “fruit of the wise men.”
- Bananas float in water, as do apples and watermelons.
Hawaii is the only place in the U.S. where bananas are grown commercially, although at one time they were also grown in southern California and Florida. The overwhelming majority of the bananas Americans eat come from countries in Latin America and South America, including Costa Rica, Ecuador, Colombia, Honduras, Panama, and Guatemala.
HOW BANANAS GROW AND WHAT BANANA PLANTS ARE LIKE:
- Bananas don’t actually grow on trees—they grow on plants that are officially classified as an herb (not surprisingly, the world’s largest 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.
- 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.
WHAT EATING BANANAS CAN DO FOR YOU:
- Bananas are low in calories and have no fat, no sodium, and no cholesterol. They contain vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and vitamin B6.
Research shows that eating bananas may lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes, as well
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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.
AND NOW A DRUM ROLL FOR LITTLE LUCY