Going bananas

Banana

There’s a lot more to this energy powerhouse of a fruit than a sunny yellow façade and sweet flavour.

The integral ingredient in our pisang goreng is actually a great snack eaten raw. It’s relatively cheap and easy to find since in the tropics. It’s also full of surprises. Did you know that bananas are actually a type of berry and can be green, yellow, red, purple or brown when ripe? Read on to find out more fascinating facts about this curvy, yellow marvel.

  • Farmers in South East Asia and Papua New Guinea were the first to cultivate bananas. Banana cultivation goes back to at least 5000 to 8000 BC.
  • Wild bananas have lots of large and hard seeds.
  • Ethylene is a natural plant hormone released as a gas that induces ripening in bananas. This is what attracts fruit flies.
  • Ripe bananas fluoresce when exposed to ultraviolet light.
  • A 100 gram raw banana contains 31 percent of our daily intake of vitamin B6.
  • Bananas contain fibre, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin B6 which supports heart health.
  • A study found that participants who consumed 4069 mg of potassium a day had an almost 50% lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease. A 100 gram banana contains 358 mg of potassium.

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