Banana – Did You Know…

… That… wait for it, wait for it… I bet you are not expecting this: Humans share 50% of their DNA with bananas?

The banana fruits (which are actually berries) develop from the banana heart, in a large hanging cluster, made up of tiers (called “hands”), with up to 20 fruit to a tier. The hanging cluster is known as a bunch, comprising 3–20 tiers, or commercially as a “banana stem”, and can weigh 30–50 kilograms (66–110 lb). Individual banana fruits (commonly known as a banana or “finger”) average 125 grams (0.276 lb), of which approximately 75% is water and 25% dry matter.

The fruit has been described as a “leathery berry”. There is a protective outer layer (a peel or skin) but some crazy people still think they need to wrap bananas in plastic…

Bananas are naturally slightly radioactive, more so than most other fruits, because of their potassium content and the small amounts of the isotope potassium-40 found in naturally occurring potassium. The banana equivalent dose of radiation is sometimes used in nuclear communication to compare radiation levels and exposures. Eating a banana or making a banana cinnamon tea in the evening might also help you sleep better.


25 thoughts on “Banana – Did You Know…

  1. Did you know that most of the bananas sold in the stores in the US (and probably world wide) today are clones of each other? They’re seedless and propagated by grafting We’re one disease away from no bananas ever. That’s a scary thought.

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  2. Wow, lots of very interesting facts! So the banana is a nuclear weapon! I knew it wasn’t a joke when someone pointed towards another person with a banana in hands…. that was serious!

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  3. It’s just so weird to think of bananas as berries. I will admit, though, I love the term “leathery berry”. It makes them sound so outlandish. 😀

    I just don’t understand why someone would wrap a banana in plastic.

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  4. Better living through chemistry?

    Per Wikipedia (and I noticed your link to this source as well), the phrase “Better Living Through Chemistry” is a variant of a DuPont advertising slogan, “Better Things for Better Living…Through Chemistry.” DuPont adopted it in 1935 and it was their slogan until 1982 when the “Through Chemistry” part was dropped. Since 1999, their slogan has been “The miracles of science”. This phrase was also used on products that were not affiliated with DuPont to circumvent trademark infringement and this transmutation is now more commonly used than the original.

    This statement is used for commentary on several different topics, from (1) the promotion of prescription or recreational drugs, to (2) the praise of chemicals and plastics, to (3) the sarcastic criticism of the same. I prefer the second one which could be associated with the work done by many of my fellow citizens of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. I will write a post about the current work being done by scientists which I hope will be emphasized in materials prepared in connection with the recently established Manhattan Project National Historic Park. Meanwhile, I thank you for this new to me information about one of the many naturally occurring sources of radiation.

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