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1283663.  Wed May 09, 2018 7:38 am Reply with quote

Bananas are herbs as well as fruit

Because it contains seeds of a plant, bananas are indeed fruits. However, the Banana Tree (a misnomer, it is actually a Banana Plant) is a herbaceous plant as the stem does not contain true woody tissue. Technically, a banana is thus a herb!

1283677.  Wed May 09, 2018 11:24 am Reply with quote

I saw that on a tv programme called QI...

Series 1, episode 8: Albania...

Stephen... Anyway, what do bananas grow on?

Clive, Alan, and Sean buzz simultaneously.

Stephen [turning to Clive]

Well, they're monocotyledons and they grow up like that--

[presses buzzer, which plays the sound of a bicycle bell]

--and they grow on banana . . . "trees", they call them, but they're not . . .

Ah, they're not trees!

Forfeit: Klaxons sound. Viewscreens flash the word "TREES".

Clive [protesting]
Let me explain!

No, take it back. Take it back, studio. Fifteen for that. They are a herb, distinguished by not having a woody stem, essentially, and by dying back after seeding.


1283686.  Wed May 09, 2018 12:54 pm Reply with quote

Next you'll be telling us they walk around. :)


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