Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The largest herb on earth - Wednesday Facts

Today is Wednesday. It's no Friday but it's not Monday, either.

To honor the fact that we are in the middle of week, I will tell you five facts of life, about me or someone else, faith, world and existence in general.

And what I want from you, my readers?

I want to know about you! 

Leave me your facts, so I can enjoy reading them!

They can also be about you, your life or anything you find fascinating in this world or in the world beyond.

You probably don’t even consider banana a rainforest plant.

It is just too common.

All of eat them for breakfast, know a rocking banana bread recipe and can get them from the nearest supermarket without any hassle.

Well, bananas might just surprise you.

1. Banana is not a tree but a herb

Even though we talk about banana trees, they are not really trees but giant herbs. 

After a year, they reach their full height of anywhere between 10 and 20 feet.

According to Wikipedia banana is an edible fruit produced by several kinds of large herbaceous flowering plants in the genus Musa

The blossoms eventually bloom into a fruit, where they then ripen and are used for sustenance.

2. Banana stems can weigh nearly 100 pounds and are about 93 percent water

3. There are many different kinds of bananas

The fruit is variable in size, color and firmness, but is usually elongated and curved, with soft flesh rich in starch covered with a rind which may be green, yellow, red, purple, or brown when ripe.

4. In some countries, bananas used for cooking may be called plantains

Worldwide, there is no sharp distinction between "bananas" and "plantains". 

Especially in the Americas and Europe, "banana" usually refers to soft, sweet, dessert bananas, particularly those of the Cavendish group, which are the main exports from banana-growing countries. 

By contrast, Musa cultivars with firmer, starchier fruit are called "plantains". 

In other regions, such as Southeast Asia, many more kinds of banana are grown and eaten, so the simple two-fold distinction is not useful and is not made in local languages.

5. Almost all modern edible parthenocarpic (seedless) bananas come from two wild species – Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana

Musa species are native to tropical Indomalaya and Australia, and are likely to have been first domesticated in Papua New Guinea.

6. They are grown in at least 107 countries, primarily for their fruit, and to a lesser extent to make fiber, banana wine and banana beer and as ornamental plants


  1. Had no idea a banana tree was really an herb. Thanks for sharing a fun fact :)

  2. Wow I didn't know that! How interesting! and I love bananas!

  3. Great info never had a clue about this... and really nice pics!

  4. Very interesting and informative post. I never knew banana trees are really herbs.

  5. Wow, that is neat. Love the photos! Amber N

  6. I didn't know all this about bananas! And I've never heard of banana wine or beer.

  7. We Love Our Bananas Thank You For The Great Facts!

  8. Wow I never knew that about bananas. I love learning new interesting facts.

    Michelle F.

  9. I love bananas so fun to learn these facts.

  10. I didn't know that banana is an herb, I am a big banana fan and in the Philippines we can even grow it on my mom's backyard. We also have a variety of them.

  11. I had no idea that bananas were an herb! What a cool fact to learn!

  12. I had no idea that they were an herb, I also didn't know that Plantains were just cooking bananas. I mean, I knew they looked like banana's but since I am allergic to banana's I don't really know a ton about them. Thanks for sharing though! :D