Banana Fun Facts

15 banana fun facts for edible landscaping

If you're thinking of growing bananas in your own backyard, here are 15 reasons why you should! Check out these banana fun facts for edible landscaping:  

  1. A banana is an edible fruit produced by several kinds of large herbaceous flowering plants in the genus Musa.  
  2. The majority of the bananas grown these days are a clone of one another, originating in Southeast Asia, which could lead to problems with fungus and soil born diseases. 
  3. Musa species are native to tropical Indomalaya and Australia, and are likely to have been first domesticated in Papua New Guinea
  4. The banana plant is the largest herbaceous flowering plant in the world. That's one big herb!
  5. Bananas are one of the easiest edible landscape fruits to grow, producing huge clumps of bananas all year long – usually over 100 bananas in each clump!
  6. The banana fruits develop from the banana heart, in a large hanging cluster, made up of tiers (called hands), with up to 20 fruit to a tier. Each individual banana is called a finger. 
  7. 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.
  8. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Portuguese colonists started banana plantations in the Atlantic Islands, Brazil, and western Africa. Today we consume over 100 trillion bananas annually, making them the 4th largest agricultural product in the world. 
  9. Bananas like rich organic soil, such as composted horse manure. Why not make your own organic soil from composted vegetable scraps.
  10. Edible landscaping with bananas creates microclimates that are great for growing herbs, vegetables, and berries all year long. 
  11. Want a great garden idea for growing bananas in your space? Try growing bananas in an edible forest, an edible landscape, or in pots in your patio garden. 
  12. There are around 1,000 different types of bananas but most are not edible. The banana grown mostly for commercial food is the cavendish. 
  13. Ever wonder why organic bananas taste better? Export bananas are picked green and then ripened in special rooms upon arrival in the destination country. These rooms are airtight and filled with ethylene gas to induce ripening. Gross!
  14. Ever had fried plantains? Delicious! Plantains or fried bananas constitute a major staple food crop for millions of people in developing countries. In most tropical countries, green (unripe) bananas used for cooking represent the main cultivars. 
  15. The banana plant is easy to grow and fruits all year long in Miami and South Florida, making it my favorite edible landscape plant of all time! 

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