Huzzah! March is here and Spring’s on its way!
For those of you who practiced with us this Monday 29th February, you’ll have enjoyed our free fruit give-away of 29 bananas, 29 apples and 29 oranges to celebrate a whole extra day of the year to practice yoga! We’ve since been feeling a little bit fruity, so this week we are bringing you some sweet facts about your lunchbox favourites…
Useless but nevertheless fun facts about bananas
- The clever name for the banana is musa sapientum, meaning “fruits of the wise men”… We knew it.
- Bananas were initially brought to the Americas in 16th century from West Africa by Portuguese sailors – bananas, we had no idea you were so exotic!
- Bananas gained their popularity at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Celebration where they were sold in foil wraps
- Fyffes, the British Banana supplier, received its first order in 1888.
- There are almost 1,000 varieties of bananas worldwide, growing in over 150 countries, producing 105 tonnes a year.
- More than 100 billion bananas are eaten every year globally, making it the 4th most popular agricultural product.
- In the UK, we average 10kg bananas a year per person, about 100 each and collectively over 5 billion.
- Uganda is the highest consumer of bananas, with an average of 500 pounds of bananas per person per year. In fact, the Ugandan word for food ‘matooke’ means both ‘banana’ and ‘food’.
- India and China are the largest producers of bananas.
- Bananas grow on plants, rather than trees, which are actually classified as a herb, making them the world’s largest herb. They are also classified as berries.
- Banana plants can grow up to 25ft high with leaves measuring over 9ft long and roots over 100 years old.
- About 75% of banana’s weight is water, where as apples are made up of 25% air. Both fruits therefore float in water, as do watermelons.
Useful fun facts about bananas
- The riper a banana gets and the greater the amount of brown spots forming on the skin (the point that most of us aim our ripe bananas at the dustbin), the higher the amount of TNF they contain. Tumor Necrosis Factor is a chemical which has the ability to rebalance abnormal cells within the body, combating tumour cell growth.
- Full of antioxidants, bananas boost our immune system and increase our production of white blood cells.
- A low glycemic carbohydrate, they are packed with vitamins and minerals. Our body converts the high levels of the protein tryptophan into serotonin which helps us to relax and maintain a happy mood!
- The low sodium, high potassium ratio contributes to healthy hearts and blood pressure; Eat your heart out!
- Rub the inside of a banana skin on a mosquito bite and the natural oils will stop it itching and reduce inflammation. Apply it also to a burn for a speedy recovery or fix it on top of a splinter so as the natural enzymes can draw the offending item to the surface of the skin!
- The inside of the peel can also whiten teeth and shine your shoes!
Ultimate banana tip
Peel a banana from the other way up to avoid the stringy bits! GAME CHANGER.
Stay healthy and living life with Fierce Grace!