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Going Bananas for the Banana: Facts, Songs & Recipes

Updated on November 6, 2013

Going Bananas for the Banana

The banana is the most popular fresh fruit in the United States. Bananas may also be the silliest, sexiest, and most controversial fruit. According to science writer Dan Koeppel, it was the banana and not the apple that Eve bit into in the Garden of Eden. "Going Bananas for the Banana" is all about the banana. Here you will find banana facts, songs, recipes & more! We hope you enjoy it.

History of the Banana

Bananas are thought to have originated 4,000 years ago in Malaysia, and to have spread to the Philippines and India. The first record we have on them goes back to 327 B.C., when Alexander the Great found them growing when he conquered India. When his soldiers returned to Greece and Persia, they brought with them bulbs from the banana tree, which they planted.

In 63 B.C., Antonius Musa, physician of Octavius Augustus, is said to have cured his patient by using cold compresses made from the banana plant. Antonius Musa cured Caesar from his deathbed and he became a famous physician overnight. The banana plant group (genus) was named Musa after him.

In the year 1836, Jean Francois Poujot found and recorded this hybrid mutation growing in his banana tree plantation in Jamaica. He noted its sweet flavor and a yellow color, unlike the green and red varieties he was used to. Most of all, this hybrid was so sweet that it didn't require cooking. Jean Francois Poujot began cultivating this variety and the sweet banana was born.

Bananas were introduced in the United States at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition, held to to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

Bananas contain three natural sugars: sucrose, fructose, and glucose. They give an immediate boost of energy and are a good source of potassium and fiber. Today the banana is America's best selling fruit.

More About Bananas

The commonly called banana "tree" is not a tree at all but is the world's largest herb. This herb can grow up to 30 feet tall.

The trunk of the plant is actually made from naturally woven, closely

packed leaves. The plant grows rapidly and can reach its full height in about nine months time.

A flowering stem grows out of the leaves of the banana tree and a large reddish bud appears with double rows of flowers which are individually called fingers. These double rows have anywhere from 10 to 20 fingers. The fruit "fingers" grow in clumps which are in turn called hands. The stem will grow about 9 - 12 hands which circle the stalk, meaning that a single banana plant can yield up to 240 bananas!

Photograph © Steve F-E-Cameron

GNU Free Documentation License for Wikipedia

Banana plant showing flower and continuous production of
bananas. Photograph taken on Banana Island, Luxor, Egypt

Photo credit:

http://www.commons.wikimedia.org by IFCP

Bananas come in Various Colors and Sizes.

The Karat Banana, a yellow orange variety, is commonly found in Micronesia and is one of the most carotenoid-rich bananas in the world.

Illustration of Karat Bananas

Ludwig Pfleger 1771.

Manuscript in the Badische Landesbibliothek

Karlsruhe, Germany

The Cavendish banana is the popular yellow banana we know in the U.S. and Canada. These are sweet bananas which are delicious peeled and eaten raw or cooked. Cavendish bananas should be purchased green and allowed to ripen at home at room temperature. They are at their peek when the peel is completely yellow and a few dark specks begin to appear. When they are over-ripe, the skin turns black and the inside becomes mushy.

Image from Clipart.com

The Plantain is a variety of banana found in tropical regions around the world. They are generally called "plantain" or "plantain banana" and are used for cooking, unlike the common yellow Cavendish banana that is usually considered more of a "dessert banana" because of its sweetness.

Plantains tend to be firmer and lower in sugar content than the yellow Cavendish, and are often stir fried or steamed. Plantains range from green to yellow. The green ones tend to be firmer and less sweet, making them perfect for cooking. They are ripe when the skin turns black. In many tropical parts of the world, plantains are a staple.

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Red bananas are a variety of bananas with a reddish and sometimes purple skin. They are smaller than the common Cavendish banana found in the United States and in Canada. When ripe, the red banana has a flesh that is cream to light pink in color, and their texture is sweeter than that of the Cavendish banana. Red Bananas are found in Central America and Jamaica, and are also called Jamaican bananas.

Photograph © 2005 David Monniaux

GNU Free Documentation License for Wikipedia

Photograph taken at the Jardin des Parfums et des Epices
Saint-Philippe, Réunion Island.

The Bananita is a sweet banana found in Northern Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Colombia and in Hawaii. It resembles a short fat Cavendish banana, and is 3 to 4 inches long. These delicious, stubby bananas are also called apple bananas, manzana bananas, ladyfinger (or "ladyfinger) bananas and baby bananas. Sweeter than the common desert banana, the taste has been described as a cross between an apple and a sweet Cavendish banana.

The Blue Java Banana has a bluish color while developing, thus the name. It is also known as the Ice Cream Banana. It has a vanilla taste and goes great with ice cream!

The banana variety known as Pisang Seribu, which you see in the picture on the left, means "Thousand Fingers" in Malaysian. This banana plant can grow to heights 10 -12 feet tall, while the fruit stems that hold the bananas are often 6 feet tall!. It fruits so many bananas that people lose count after 500, which is why the Malaysians call it "Thousand Fingers." The fruits are small and sweet, and are highly prized as excellent desert bananas.

There are many more banana varieties, but this is a start. For those of you who are interested, you can find wonderful and rare banana images on Bananas.org., along with an active forum.

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Overview of the Banana

Information, in part, from Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia

"Banana is the common name for a type of fruit and also the herbaceous plants of the genus Musa which produce this commonly eaten fruit. They are native to the tropical region of Southeast Asia. Bananas are likely to have been first domesticated in Papua New Guinea. Today, they are cultivated throughout the tropics."

"Banana plants are of the family Musaceae. They are cultivated primarily for their fruit, and to a lesser extent for the production of fibre and as ornamental plants.

The Banana is Sexless

This sexy looking fruit has long been considered a phallic symbol but if truth be known, the popular banana is an asexual clone resulting from the act of vegetative reproduction.

"A single, sterile, male banana flower, also known as the banana heart is normally produced by each stem. The female flowers are produced further up the stem and produce the actual fruit without requiring fertilization. In cultivated varieties, the seeds have degenerated nearly to non-existence; their remnants are tiny black specks in the interior of the fruit. The ovary is inferior to the flower; because of their stiff stems and the positioning of the ovary and flower, bananas grow sticking up, not hanging down."

"Although the wild species have fruits with numerous large, hard seeds, virtually all culinary bananas have seedless fruits." Although this is great news for consumers, there is growing concern among farmers and scientists that the resulting lack of genetic variation will lead to very little resistance to disease and natural enemies of the banana.

Finding a way of introducing genetic variation is paramount. It is so important that scientists have founded an international consortium to sequence the banana genome.

Bananas Are Loved by People and Animals Alike!

Just Take a Look Below at Some Unusual Banana Fans Caught on Video!

The Monkey, Of Course, Loves His Banana! - Balinese Monkey Eating Banana While the Song Banana Man Plays in the Background

Here's a monkey enjoying a banana in the Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali to the tune of "Banana Man" by Tally Hall. The monkey instinctively peels the banana before eating it.

This Baby Elephant in Phuket, Thailand Loves Eating Bananas

Bunny Loves Her Banana - (Even Though Bunnies Aren't Supposed to Have Too Much Banana)

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Facts About the Banana

How Much Do You Actually Know About Bananas?

The commonly called banana "tree" is not a tree at all but is the world's largest herb. This herb can grow up to 20 - 40 feet tall.

The word 'banana' comes from the Arabic word banan, which means finger.

A cluster of bananas consists of 10-20 bananas and is known as a hand.

The banana is the only fruit that gets better when it is picked before it is ripe.

There are hundreds of varieties of bananas around the world but not all are edible. Some of the varieties found in markets include the Cavendish (most popular in the United States), the Burro, Blue Java, Dwarf, Manzano, and the Plantain.

Bananas come in different colors, including yellow, green, orange, red and furry pink.

There is a Museum dedicated to the banana in Washington State (USA) called the Washington Banana Museum.

United States immigrants were given bananas when they reached Ellis Island in New York. Many had never seen a banana before and didn't know they needed to peel them before eating. Many ate them whole.

In his new book, author Dan Koppel asserts that the banana - rather than the apple - was the true forbidden fruit that Eve took a bite out of in the Garden of Eden.

Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World - The Banana in the Garden of Eden!

Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World
Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World

Amazon.com Review: by Jean A. Railla

"More than just a food history, Banana transverses the globe, modern genetics, and past and present political struggles in a fast-paced narrative that reads more like a travelogue than a textbook. Koeppel is one of those rare authors that like Mark Kurlansky, can make any subject come alive. Rather than throw facts at the reader, Koeppel takes you by the hand and walks you through his tale. From genetic research labs in Belgium to plantations in the Philippines, to the creation of banana republics of Central America, to the banana--not the apple--as the most likely fruit in the biblical story of Adam and Eve, Koeppel weaves a rich story, where all these seemingly disconnected pieces come together. Bananas is a remarkable piece of journalism. Anyone interested in the politics and social history of food, or for those just bananas about bananas will appreciate it."

 

Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

Simple & Delicious

Banana Bread With Chocolate Chips

4 ripe bananas

1/4 cup melted butter

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 egg, beaten

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F. Mash the bananas in a bowl. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well. Bake in a buttered pan for 55 to 60 minutes.

Photograph © yoshimov

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Brennan's Banana Foster From New Orleans

A Delicious and Dramatic Desert

Brennan's Bananas Foster

¼ cup (½ stick) butter

1 cup brown sugar

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ cup banana liqueur

4 bananas, cut in half lengthwise,
then halved

¼ cup dark rum

4 scoops vanilla ice cream

Combine the butter, sugar, and cinnamon in a flambe pan or skillet. Place the pan over low heat either on an alcohol burner or on top of the stove, and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Stir in the banana liqueur, then place the bananas in the pan. When the banana sections soften and begin to brown, carefully add the rum. Continue to cook the sauce until the rum is hot, then tip the pan slightly to ignite the rum. When the flames subside, lift the bananas out of the pan and place four pieces over each portion of ice cream. Generously spoon warm sauce over the top of the ice cream and serve immediately.

Our thanks to Brennan's Restaurant, New Orleans

and Sara's Kitchen for this delicious recipe.

Photograph © Bob Jagendorf

"Making Bananas Foster at Brennans"

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What is Your Favorite Banana Dish? - If you have a favorite banana dish that is not listed, please let us know.

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Banana Leaves in Cooking

Banana leaves are wonderful for cooking. These fresh cut green leaves add flavor to dishes cooked inside them and a number of Asian foods are cooked in this way.

They can be used for baking, steaming, or barbecuing foods, much like parchment paper, tin foil or cornhusks (corn husks). Banana leaves function as both a wrap and and they also give off a wonderful subtle sweetness to foods wrapped in them, plus they are fun and and they complement the presentation of the food.

They are fairly inexpensive to buy and can be purchased at most Asian supermarkets, either in the produce section or the freezer section.

The leaves are not eaten and can be composted when you're finished with them.

Other Uses of the Banana Plant

The fiber of the banana plant is used to make string or twine, and it can be woven into baskets and containers, place mats, carrying bags, and more. In Thailand during the sacred Festival of Lights - Loy Krathong - the Krathong* were originally made from a section of the banana trunk and decorated with intricately folded leaves, and a candle and coin were placed on it and floated on the river. When styrofoam became popular, the Thai people switched to using that, but since styrofoam is not biodegradable, there has been an active campaign to have people go back to using parts of the banana plant.

This plant is totally biodegradable and is important to soil regeneration. Because the banana plant absorbs large amounts of carbon dioxide, it helps lower air pollution.

*the floating offerings

Judging from the following commercials, the banana must be the silliest and most fun fruit in existence. I hope you will take time to view a few of these videos. They are hilarious and a few of them are sure to evoke childhood memories. See for yourself!

The Original Chiquita Banana Commercial Inspired by Carmen Miranda, 1940s

This commercial, produced by Disney Studios in the 40's, only appeared only in movie theaters.

 

CHIQUITA BANANA
CARMEN MIRANDA
COIN GUITAR PICK PILLBOX

Adult Classic Sequinned Carmen Miranda Hat

Chiquita Banana
Porcelain
Hinged Box

Carmen Miranda in "The Lady with the Tutti Frutti Hat," 1943 - A Busby Berkely Classic with Carmen Miranda - on Banana Island!

"The Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat" is from the 1943 musical "The Gang's All Here".

 

The Carmen Miranda Collection

Carmen Miranda

Bananas Is My Business

Week-End
in Havana

Spotlight: Bananas!: How The United Fruit Company Shaped the World - by Peter Chapman

Amazon.com Review: by Shawn Carkonen

"Smart Alliance concerns a most unlikely partnership between Chiquita Brands International (successor to the infamous United Fruit Company) and the Rainforest Alliance, a young environmental organization, and how they are transforming an industry. Their idea was simple in theory, yet revolutionary: adopt a "seal of approval" to certify fair treatment of workers and environmentally responsible farming practices as a way to win customers. Thus far, it has worked. Since agreeing to oversight by the Rainforest Alliance Chiquita has moved from bankruptcy to profitability and now the rest of the banana industry is paying attention. Though the relationship is still young and significant challenges remain, there is much evidence that this story may signal a permanent shift towards what was once an unfathomable concept: that a large corporation can be both profitable and socially responsible."

Bananaphone children's album released by Raffi in 1994. - This may be the catchiest banana song ever written.

Bananaphone is the name of a children's album and a song released by Raffi in 1994. Listen to this a couple of times and you'll be singing it all day!

 

Bananaphone

Tiny Love Fruity Pals Anna Banana

Banana Tin
Monkey Benders

Harry Belafonte with "Muppets Singing Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)," 1978

This video shows Harry Belafonte on "The Muppet Show" in 1978, singing Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) for the very first time. This one's a favorite.

 

"Day O" Sung By Harry Belafonte, Taj Mahal, Sarah Vaughan and Others - "Day O" ls also Known as the "Banana Boat Song"

Day-O, also known as The Banana Boat Song is a traditional Jamaican folk song, made famous by Harry Belafonte in the late 1950s. It was recorded by a number of people, some of which you will find here.

"Make Those Bodies Sing" - One of Australia's most famous classic commercials, 1964

This commercial hails from Australia. Thanks goes to SammySpam for pointing this one out.

Commercial for Dole Bananas - This Comes from Japan, 2008

One of the reasons for the success of this commercial is a new Japanese diet fad featuring....bananas!

The Banana Diet Has Taken Japan By Storm

The morning banana diet has swept across Japan to the extent that bananas usually are emptied from the shelves by noon. The reason for this is the new fad: the banana diet. The diet became popular last year after a famous Japanese actress lost 26 pounds on it. Nutritionists in America are skeptical about this diet, saying that it does add fiber and adding fruit is healthy, but they don't think you will lose weight on it. Nonetheless, in Japan the banana has gone from one of the cheapest and most readily available fruits to the fruit that is somewhat difficult to find (It's almost impossible to find a banana in Japan after 3 PM) and the fruit that is most in demand.

Calories in a Raw Banana According to Size

Banana Size

Calories

Fat

Carbohydrate

Protein

Extra Small (less than 6 in. long 81g

72

0.27g

18.5g

0.88g

Small (6 in. to 6-7/8 in. long) 101g

90

0.33g

23.1g

1.1g

Medium (7 in. to 7-7/8 in. long) 118g

105

0.39g

27g

1.29g

Large (8 in. to 8-7/8 in. long) 136g

121

0.45g

31.1g

1.48g

Extra Large (9 in. or longer) 152g

135

0.5g

34.7g

1.66g


Note: This information is specifically about the yellow Cavendish banana.

Information courtesy of Calories In A Banana

Inportant Books About Bananas - From Amazon

"The Name Game" with Shirley Ellis - This song comes from the USA, recorded in 1965

"Shirley Shirley bo burley, Banana fana fo firley, Fe fi fo firley, SHIRLEY!"

The following information was taken from Wikipedia:

"The Name Game, or The Banana Song, is a children's singalong rhyming game that creates variations on a person's name. It was written by singer Shirley Ellis with Lincoln Chase, and Ellis' recording, produced by Charles Calello, was released in late 1964 (see 1964 in music) as The Name Game. That record went to number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number 4 on the magazine's R&B charts in 1965. The record was re-released in 1966 and again in 1973.

 

How to Play "The Name Game"

Information Complements of Wikipedia

Shirley Ellis said that the song was based on a game she played as a child.

"Using the name Jack as an example, the song follows this pattern:

:Jack, Jack, bo-back,

:Banana-fana fo-fack

:Fee-fi-mo-mack

:Jack!

A verse can be created for any name, with X as the name and X?1 as the name without the first consonant sound (if it begins with a consonant), as follows:

:(X), (X), bo-b(X?1)

:Banana-fana fo-f(X?1)

:Fee-fi-mo-m(X?1)

:X!

If the name starts with a vowel or vowel sound, the "b" "f" or "m" is inserted in front of the name.

And if the name starts with a b, f, or m, that sound simply is not repeated. (For example: Billy becomes "Billy Billy bo-illy"; Fred becomes "banana fana fo-red"; Marsha becomes "fee fi mo-arsha".)

Note: Playing the game with names such as Alice, Dallas, Tucker, Chuck, Buck, Huck, Bart, Art, Mitch, Rich, Richie, or Maggie results in profanity or rude language."

Bananagrams

Bananagrams Set with Banana
Leaf Score Pad!

2 Sets BANANAGRAMS with '100 Best Anagrams'

Tally Hall's Official Music Video for Banana Man

The Banana Song: Go Bananas Song (Peel Banana...) - Peel Bananas! Peel, Peel Bananas!

Students love to start out the day with the Go Bananas song! It started as a Cup Scout camping song and now kids everywhere are singing, stretching, and moving to the rhythm.

The Dancing Bananas

"The Dancing Banana is a popular emoticon. By late 2001, the banana was already being used on several forums as a standard emoticon. Most of these forums would replace the typed text "banana" with the graphical image. As the popularity of the banana grew, hundreds of variations of the image had been created for forums or other purposes. These new images typically would have to be either uploaded or linked to, instead of replacing text. The Dancing Banana soon made its way to television shows and began to appear as an icon in pop culture."

Information quoted from Wikipedia

Get Your Own Dancing Bananas

If you are interested in dancing bananas for your own website, also known as banana smilies and banana emoticons, you can find a large number of them  HERE 

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      Tom Maybrier 4 years ago

      I never liked them until recently - I've learned to appreciate the nutrition and convenience of this great fruit. Great lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Bananas are Great! I am actually making a bannana bread this upcoming week! Happy V-Day

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      Birthday Wishes 4 years ago from Here

      Very nice lens about this "fruity" topic! Thanks for sharing.

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      Aquavel 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks WickedCool! I've found even more info on the banana recently! I'll have to update it right after the holidays! Glad you enjoyed it!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I never imagined that one could compile up so much information about something as simple as a banana but you did it. Thanks for the lens. Bananas are one of my favorite fruits.

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      mrsclaus411 5 years ago

      I love bananas.

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      I enjoy reading your lens, nicely done! Squidlike!

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      Aquavel 5 years ago

      @jazziyarbrough: I was surprised when I first uncovered that info myself.

      All the cultivated bananas we known and love are sex-less. I've read that a few species of wild bananas with seeds do exist but they are not sweet and the seeds are inedible.

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      Aquavel 5 years ago

      @natashaely: Thank you Bookworm25! I really had a great time making this lens! I learned so much and had a great time discovering the music and vids! Once I "dug in," the lens seemed to make itself!

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      natashaely 5 years ago

      I love bananas and banana bread is my favourite. I am impressed with the depth of knowledge that you have about them and I really like the way you deliver it, very entertaining. A great page with a witty sense of humour, liked and recommended on google :)

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      jazziyarbrough 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for a wonderful share. Your lens is great! I never thought about a banana being sexless. That will always stand out in my mind. Have a blessed day.

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      Aquavel 5 years ago

      Thank you all for your wonderful feedback!

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Hi Aquavel. This banana lens was very entertaining!

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      freakyhorizon 5 years ago

      This is great!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! I didn't know about red bananas. Too bad more people don't remember Carmen Miranda, she was the ultimate party girl!

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      squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

      Great lens, I love bananas!

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      PennyHowe 5 years ago

      Wow! A fabulous lens. You deserve all the awards out there. I live where we have bananas growing in our yards. They are awesome to behold. Thanks!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      No wonder this won a purple star! It is absolutely incredible! Angel blessed!

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      greenlivingsource 5 years ago

      The dancing bananas are funny.

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      Aquavel 5 years ago

      @Gypzeerose: Thanks for the delightful comment and blessing! I think I will add "Banana on a Stick."

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Discovered your delightful lens while searching for a banana on a stick - I didn't find that but everything else banana. Angel Blessed for making me smile so much. The Carmen Miranda video,and the cartoon one based on her are a scream. And I want to try the bananas foster recipe!

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      ForestBear LM 5 years ago

      You have done a fantastic job on this lens, so much fun, I love it.

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      crstnblue 5 years ago

      Another wonderful "colorful and tasty" lens!

      Glad to find it and get a large smile for the day!

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      Aquavel 5 years ago

      @mjtaylor lm: Generally, fruits have seeds and are the ovary of a plant and veggies don't have seeds are the root stem or leaf of a plant. However there's a big debate between botanists and geneticists. The example they like to use is that of the tomato, which I mentioned above. It has seeds and is a fruit, but is used as a vegetable and there are those that would classify it as one. Same for peppers, melon and squash. Then there is corn, which also has seeds, and the jury is still out.

      I like your definition a lot. It's simple makes sense.

      BTW, avocados are fruit. So are pumpkins. But if you want to call them veggies, its all right with me. ;)

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      mjtaylor lm 5 years ago

      @BlogsWriter: haha!

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      mjtaylor lm 5 years ago

      @Aquavel: And avocados are fruits, right? These things feel a little arbitrary to me, though I know the botanists have their reasons. As I see it, if your're sweet you're a fruit a fruit, savory, you're a vegetable.

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      mjtaylor lm 5 years ago

      I'm eating a banana as I type. Cute lens!

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      Aquavel 5 years ago

      @Wealth-seekers LM: This is an old debate but actually a banana is a fruit because seeds are inside of it. A tomato is also a fruit, even though it is used as a vegetable.

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      Wealth-seekers LM 5 years ago

      did you know a banana is a vegetable

      and that a tomato is a fruit.

      I wonder... Super lyens Thanks!

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      BlogsWriter 5 years ago

      Going bananas after reading this lens - love the tasty fruit.

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      cyan2828 5 years ago

      Awesome lens...great info shared :)

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      cyan2828 5 years ago

      Awesome lens...great info shared :)

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      DIY Mary 5 years ago

      The banana is one of my very favorite fruits. (It's not messy like oranges.) I love your lens, the cute banana images, and your use of the different shades of yellow throughout.

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      glenbrook 5 years ago

      Awesome lens. I never knew there was so much to know about bananas.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Banana is probably the most loved fruit used in numerous recipes. Loved your lens on going Banana for Banana's sake.

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      nikyweber 5 years ago

      great lens! well done!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Returning with a little angel dust to sprinkle over your going bananas fun...you sure went all out!

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      Aquavel 5 years ago

      @favored: To make the dancing bananas animate, simply upload them to a photo hosting site like PhotoBucket.com or your own outside site and link to them as a gif. I hope that helps!

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Who knew there was so many videos about bananas. I like the dancing bananas. How do you make aninmated graphics work on your lens?

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Who knew there was so many videos about bananas. I like the dancing bananas. How do you make aninmated graphics work on your lens?

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      What an informative and interesting lens!

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      Aquavel 5 years ago

      @Northwestphotos: I'm so happy you watched the vids! They are so silly and totally priceless! I had so much fun with them myself!

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      Northwestphotos 5 years ago

      Oh, this lens was so much fun! Loved watching the old time videos...so funny! Thanks so much!

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      tacetickles 5 years ago

      I love, love bananas!! Even started a group on facebook, so really loved this page :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The bunny eating the banana is priceless, I love it!

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      Elhamstero 5 years ago

      I never knew there were so many different kinds of banana. I'm sure I could get my little daughter interested in bananas if she could have pink ones

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      N Beaulieu 5 years ago

      What a great lens! I have yet to find another like it and I learned a few things along the way while reading it. I like how you described the different varieties (didn't know so many existed). Plus - the banana hinge box is wicked cute.

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      Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

      What a fun page! I learned some things, too. Right now I'm listening to some very odd, but strangely addictive banana song about a banana man.... hmmmmm. LOL ( I gave you a banana link over on my page for participating, thanks so much.)

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      Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Wow this Lens is awesome! It is far better than my own Banana Lens! I have totally gone bananas over this page! Loads of really great history and facts about this delicious fruit. Well Done. :-)

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 5 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Neat lens! Lots of good and interesting info here. Thanks.

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      peppervel 5 years ago

      l learnt so much about bananas today. I love to eat them,too. especially fried ones. in sinapore we call them , Goreng Pisang(malay words). Goreng means fried. Pisang means banana. Very very popular here. Thanks for this fantastic informative lens.

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      jeff57 5 years ago

      Banana-fana fo-fo-fana cool.

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow, you sure have gone bananas (in a good way) with this lens packed with everything one needs to know about with popular fruit. It's my favourite fruit!

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      Evelyn Saenz 5 years ago from Royalton

      Thanks for visiting my Banana lens. I tried to add it to the plexo above but it seems that it is set not to allow additions. I love your slant on bananas. Pick up your banana and give me a call sometime. LOL:)

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Wow .. you've covered it all. Even Carmen Miranda! My 97-year-old neighbor eats a banana every day. I love your lens. It's beautifully designed and packed with great info.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      wow, this is an exciting lens. the best part is it is about Banana.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm all about banana's and loved the poll questions too for your readers to do. If you like to browse lens as much as I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

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      Natalie W Schorr 6 years ago

      Wow! You have really put your heart and soul into this lens - well done!!!

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      RhondaSueDavis 6 years ago

      I like your lens styling. For the topic at hand, have you heard the kids vowel song? "I like to eat, I like to eat, I like to eat eggs, apples and bananas." That's all the words right there, you then sing it five times, using only A, E, I,O and U. Young kids love it and it makes older ones look at you like you have gone mad. Anyhow. Gotta make like a tree and split. I mean make like banana and leaf......thanks, I think I have some inspiration now for sprucing up my Tuna Pianos and Pigs in a Blanket lens this week.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Nice lens, now I want my banana!

      :)

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      reasonablerobby 6 years ago

      Fantastic another Banana Fan! Featuring this lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a first class Lens, beautifully presented, I love those dancing bananas! I love bananas, but they do have to be organic if possible! I have heard that monkeys if offered an organic banana will eat the peel as well as the fruit, but if it isn't organically grown, they peel it and discard the skin!

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Wonderful feature. I do love all things banana. Enjoyed learning a great deal here. Thanks!

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      Aquavel 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I always found it interesting that monkeys instinctively know to peel bananas. I didn't know that apes peel at the other end! I will have to add that fact to this lens! Thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You sure went bananas here! Wonderfully done and so fun to learn so much about this wonderful and delicious fruit. Sometimes I have a hard time peeling a banana and I learned on a kids show that those in the ape family peel at the other end with no problem at all and sure enough it works!

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      MagnoliaTree 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed this lens! Congratulations on such a great job. Lots of information here, yet you kept it moving with lots of fun facts...and yea, I LOVE bananas!

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      marckq 6 years ago

      Congratulations, you have a very good lens here. It is very informative, well put-together, looks like you really made time to do this. I'm very impressed. Thanks for sharing all this info. For me, it's a thumbs-up and a favorite. Nice, nice, nice!

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      Aquavel 6 years ago

      Thanks so much Dave, Windy and scar4!

      Scar4, regarding your question about how many calories are in a banana, the breakdown is as follows:

      Banana Size -- Calories -- Fat -- Carbohydrate -- Protein

      Extra Small (less than 6â long 81g -- 72 -- 0.27g --18.5g -- 0.88g

      Small (6â to 6-7/8â long) 101g -- 90 -- 0.33g -- 23.1g -- 1.1g

      Medium (7â to 7-7/8â long) 118g -- 105 -- 0.39g -- 27g -- 1.29g

      Large (8â to 8-7/8â long) 136g -- 121 -- 0.45g -- 31.1g -- 1.48g

      Extra Large (9â or longer) 152g -- 135 -- 0.5g -- 34.7g -- 1.66g

      Information courtesy of http://www.caloriesinabanana.net/

      This information is specifically about the yellow Cavendish banana.

      [Soon I will add this information to the body of this lens. Apparently I'll have to first research how to line up the information so it's readable. ;) Thanks for asking about it!]

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      David Gardner 6 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Nice lens! I've liked, favorited, thumbs-upped, and lensrolled your masterpiece! Congrats on a great job!

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      scar4 6 years ago

      I like having bananas as my diet everyday, however it seems that I have gained some weights ever since I fell in love with this fruit. Is that true, banana contains high calorie ?

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Holy Banana! This is too fun! Let's play "Bananagram." :)

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      Aquavel 7 years ago

      That's amazing and quite WONDERFUL, thmnews! I had so much fun with this lens! I'm glad it shows!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This lens is awesome. I love it. I am going to tell my editors on my Thai News website to write something about this lens and probably feature it.

      I will comment here again once we do.

      Great Work

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      Aquavel 7 years ago

      Thanks for the link NightCats, and thank you so much for the blessing, arncyn! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!!!

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      I'm from the Philippines and the banana is an everyday staple at most Filipinos' kitchens. I adore this fruit, and I really love how you have paid tribute to it. Wonderful lens. *blessed by an angel*

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Wonderful lens. I had no idea bananas grew in pink and red colors. Five stars and I'm linking to you from my banana bread lens.

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      Aquavel 8 years ago

      Thank you all!!! I'm happy you had fun with it!

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      AppalachianCoun 8 years ago

      This is one of the best lenses we have ever seen. Awesome job. Thank-you for all the great info.5 stars*****

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      3dMooNMaN 8 years ago

      YUMMMMMMMMMM !!!!!!!!! Rolling this one to all of my lens's ! 5 GIANT STARS !!!!!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wholly smokes! I never knew that some of those plants were bananas? I love bananas in my oatmeal! Yum! I never heard of Banana Coke but I know I would love it. Great lens! Terrific, original and informative. 5 stars!

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      ncpaynes 8 years ago

      Well done. Totally pleasing to the eye. My kids will go bananas over this lens.

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      Light-in-me 8 years ago

      Wow great lens, I really enjoyed it !

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      MikeMoore LM 8 years ago

      Fantastic lens! You did a wonderful job. I enjoyed the read and the colour schemes. :)

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      Leanne Chesser 8 years ago

      This is a fantastic lens - 5 stars!

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      Kay 8 years ago

      We have banana trees in our yard! I never realized that they had to be cut down after they bore fruit and always thought that was a fascinating banana fact. Great Lens. Ten stars from me!!! (okay, well five stars but it deserves ten!)

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      ShadesofGay 8 years ago

      I <3 bananas!!!

      The only thing this site is missing is a good recipe for fried bananas. I've been looking for one and not finding it.

      Great lens!

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Wow, Squid Angel blessed! Officially the best banana lens I've ever seen on Squidoo.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Welcome to The Totally Awesome Lenses Group

      Lizzy

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      Sam 8 years ago from Australia

      What an incredible lens, who knew that sometime as simple as a banana could be so interesting! Great lens. :)