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.