Get to know these amazing facts about bananas by reading this article. Some Horticulturists believe bananas originated in Southeast Asia & they were the first fruit on earth. Banana is also one of the cheapest, easily available and the second most consumed fruit in the world.

This delicious fruit has lots of nutritional value, so people are curious about the nutritional information of bananas. Moreover, there are over 1000 varieties of bananas in the world!

To explore more such amazing facts, keep scrolling.

Facts About Banana

  1. India is the largest producer of bananas in the world, it produces around 29 million tonnes of banana annually. But it is not the largest exporter of bananas. It is because India has a population of around 140.76 crores (2021) who love eating bananas.
  1. Ecuador is the largest exporter of bananas in the world; the export value is around US $3.5 billion. It is followed by the Philippines, Costa Rica, Colombia, etc.
  1. We always call banana a tree. But do you know, Banana is not a tree, but a “GIANT PERENNIAL HERB.”
  1. You must think that banana is a fruit, but you will be surprised to know that botanically banana is a “BERRY,” not a fruit.
  1. Banana peels are rich in phosphorus, iron, calcium, magnesium, and sodium; that’s why they can be used to fertilize plants.
  1. The name Banana is derived from the African word “Banan,” which in Arabic means finger.
  1. In the Philippines, people use bananas to make ketchup instead of using tomatoes.
  1. Banana is one of the most cultivated fruit crops in the world; it is grown in around 150 countries.
  1. The most cultivated variety of banana is “Cavendish.” It contributes about 47% of the total production.
  1. European Union is the largest importer of banana in the world. It imports around 32% of the total global imports of banana. It is followed by United States of America, Russian Federation, Japan & China.
  1. Globally, 5.6 million hectares of land is used for cultivating banana.
  1. Banana seeds are sterile, which means you can not grow a new banana plant from seeds. They are propagated from suckers.
  1. Besides being famous as a source of delicious and nutritious berries, banana plants can also be used to extract fibers to make clothes.
  1. You will be surprised to know that banana contains a minimal amount of the isotope potassium-40; that’s why they are radioactive. But don’t worry, such a low amount is not harmful to humans.
  1. You must have heard the term Banana Republic, this is because some Central American countries depended on export of banana only.

Banana Nutrition Facts

  1. If you are troubled with mood swings, you should start eating bananas as they contain amino acids, tryptophan, and Vitamin B6.
  1. One ripe banana has 110 calories, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 15 grams of natural sugar, 3 grams of fiber, and 450 milligrams of potassium.
  1. Banana has a lot of health benefits; eating them can help improve cardiovascular health, immunity, blood sugar levels, etc.
  1. If you want to improve your digestive health, start eating bananas because they are rich in fiber.
  1. To increase workout performance, you can eat bananas because they are a good energy source for exercise.

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