10 Fatos sobre a Banana

10 Facts about Banana
Bananas are grown in more than 150 countries, producing 105 million tonnes of fruit per year. The bananas grown for local consumption are generally grown in traditional, extensive systems. Dessert bananas account for 43 million tonnes per year and are of huge economic importance for many countries in the South. Cooking bananas (plantains and others) account for 45 million tonnes. Locally consumed bananas, which are a staple food in many tropical countries, play a major role in terms of food security.

1. Bananas are the most popular fruit in the world.


2. The banana plant is not a tree, it is the world's largest herb.


3. The word banana comes from the Arabic word "banan", meaning finger.


4. The "trunk" of a banana plant is not made of wood, is made of tightly overlapping leaves.


5. Bananas could help you to feel happier as they contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to promote relaxation and improve mood.


6. The most commonly known banana is the Cavendish variety, which is the one produced for export markets.
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7. A medium-sized banana contains only 95 calories, and provides a quick-but-sustained energy boost in a natural, nutritious and easily digestible form with no fat, cholesterol or sodium.


8. It is believed that there are almost 1000 varieties of bananas in the world, subdivided in 50 groups.
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9. A stem of bananas consists of “hands”, which consist of 10 to 20 bananas.  When a hand is split, the bananas become “clusters”, which generally consist of between three to eight bananas.


10. The inside of a banana skin can be used to polish shoes!


Source: http://www.bananalink.org.uk

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