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1674.  Wed Nov 19, 2003 6:42 pm Reply with quote

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Flash
1679.  Wed Nov 19, 2003 8:16 pm Reply with quote

No idea, but monkeys apparently peel bananas from the other end than most humans, ie they like to keep the stalk on as a handle.

"Apparently" in this context means "I heard this somewhere but I can't remember where and it might not be true" - ie the same thing "apparently" means in every context.

Also, bananas grow with the bunches pointing upwards and are a herb, whatever that means.

Welcome back, Garrick.

 
Jenny
1685.  Wed Nov 19, 2003 8:33 pm Reply with quote

Also related to asparagus qv post 823

So in that line from the Bible about better a dinner of herbs than a stalled ox, you could in fact serve up asparagus sprinkled with basil and followed by bananas, and it would all be herbal.

 
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Jenny
1706.  Thu Nov 20, 2003 7:41 am Reply with quote

I am now attempting to sing Yes We Have No Bananas to the tune of And he shall reign for ever and ever, and conclude that the judge had no ear for music (or that I haven't, which is perhaps more likely). Good to see you back Garrick :-)

 
Flash
1711.  Thu Nov 20, 2003 8:24 am Reply with quote

The fossilised banana came up at the research meeting this morning. I was sceptical - the banana skins the kids leave under the car seats cease to be recognisable as such in a matter of a few months. In fact I only have their word for it that that's what they are.

 
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hardie
2338.  Fri Nov 28, 2003 7:03 am Reply with quote

Iceland, I was told by the director of the botanic gardens in the mid 70ps, was at that time the largest producer of bananas in Europe ((if indeed Iceland is in Europe). They grew them in thermal hot-houses. I think the explanation for this strange statistic is that no-one else in Europe grows the things

 
Liebig
3331.  Tue Dec 16, 2003 10:21 am Reply with quote

Bananas are the staple food. of the Chagga of Tanzania. They are also made into their beer, are considered male and not to be eaten by pregnant women.
s: ECD

 
Molly Cule
3346.  Tue Dec 16, 2003 11:01 am Reply with quote

In Zimbabwe, what was it forbidden to do with bananas?
Which banana lives in North London taking creative writing classes?

Make jokes about them. The first ever president of Zimbabwe, elected in 1980 was called Canaan Banana. Furious at being the butt of jokes he asked his pal Mugabe, his Prime Minister to ban fruity jokes.

President Banana was convicted in 1998 of eleven charges of sodomy and related sexual charges. He fled the country, returned home and served two years in prison.

Which banana lives in North London taking creative writing classes?

His wife, Janet Banana sought political asylum in Britain; she now lives in North London where she attends creative writing and computer classes. She is also a trained counsellor.

S: guardian , re janet.
S: legalhumour.com.

 
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Jenny
5134.  Thu Jan 22, 2004 8:07 pm Reply with quote

What about those of us who slice it and put it in a peanut butter and honey sandwich?

Beyond all hope of redemption, I know...

 
Alice
12912.  Tue Jan 04, 2005 11:51 pm Reply with quote

Flash wrote:
Also, bananas grow with the bunches pointing upwards and are a herb, whatever that means.


Bananas are not in fact a herb. This is a really common misconception. Bananas themselves are a fruit they grow however on a giant fruiting herb which is where the misconception comes from.
Bananas start life growing downwards
The reason they have a curve is because the are negatively geo-tropic, (that is they grow away from the force of gravity) and turn upwards.
It is illegal to grow more than ten banana plants in your backgarden in Queensland.
You require an inspectors approval before planting ANY banana plants Or removing them.
And if your in Queensland and see strange men covering giant herbs in brightly coloured plastic bags, don't worry its just banana farming.
Oh yeah and the Oz goverment have been threatening people with a banana paper(stronger than ordinary paper and more enviromentally friendly) factory for years. It has yet too materialise

 
Flash
12915.  Wed Jan 05, 2005 5:09 am Reply with quote

Quite right. We had the question "what is a banana?" on the BBCi website in the first week of the show and got 700 replies, which served us right. This was part of the answer we posted:
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Botanically speaking the banana is a berry, and it grows on a plant that's a herb (not a tree).

Commercially-grown varieties of banana don't contain seeds - new plants are grown from cuttings and are virtual clones of one another, which makes them unusually susceptible to disease. The variety Gros Michel, for example, was entirely wiped out in the 1960s, and the Cavendish, its successor as top banana, is currently threatened also (although the risk is thought to be manageable).

That famous EU Regulation is 2257/94 as amended by Regulation 386/97 ("sizing is determined by:- the length of the fruit expressed in centimetres and measured along the convex face, from the blossom end to the point where the peduncle joins the crown"). Incidentally, the largest producer of bananas in Europe is Iceland, which grows them in thermal hot-houses - not that anyone asked.

So: the bendy yellow thing you eat is a "berry", which is a kind of "fruit", and the plant on which it grows is a "herb".

 

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