Banana Berry and bananas don’t grow on trees…

So where do bananas come from?

Chances are you gave the same answer I gave. From trees of course.

Of course I was wrong. Bananas don’t grow on trees. The plants are actually herbs, or better, herbaceous perennials and the “tree trunk” is actually a stem. And to further add to the confusion, the actual bananas aren’t even fruits. They’re berries.

To quote an excerpt from Greta Lorge: “True berries are simple fruits stemming from one flower with one ovary and typically have several seeds. Tomatoes fall into this group, as do pomegranates, kiwis and—believe it or not—bananas.”

To drive this point home, strawberries and raspberries – clearly berries, since it says so in the name – are actually fruits since the single flower has multiple ovaries to produce the “berry”. Clearly no longer…

Summarize: Tomatoes are fruits, strawberries and raspberries as well. And bananas are berries. This will make for an interesting smoothie…

 

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Author: bananamailer

I like to send and eat bananas. I also like monkeys.

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