The type of banana sold in supermarkets is called a Cavendish banana. The preferred variety was originally the Gros Michel, which essentially became extinct by 1960, thanks to a fungus called Panama disease.
Bananas can be red or purple in addition to the popular yellow colour. They contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to promote relaxation and improve mood.
Bananas contain around 75% water and float when placed in water.
Fibre taken from banana plants can be used to make clothes and paper. They are a type of herb that can grow up to 15 metres in height. The "trunk" of a banana plant is not made of wood, it is made of tightly overlapping leaves.
Bananas are the most popular fruit in the world, there are ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs that depict people with bananas.
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