All About Bananas

Banana Fun Facts

  • Bananas are mentioned for the first time in history in Buddhist texts 600 years BC.
  • The scientific name is musa sapientum, meaning “fruit of the wise men.”
  • A cluster of bananas is called a hand, and a single banana is called a finger. Each banana hand has about 10 to 20 fingers.
  • Bananas are low in calories and have no fat, no sodium and no cholesterol. They contain vitamin C, potassium, fiber and vitamin B6. Bananas can be eaten at every hour of the day because of its digestive properties.
  • Most bananas are treated with ethylene gas to induce them to ripen. Ethylene allows the banana to be shipped green and then ripened. The ethylene gas stimulates the production of the banana’s own ethylene, thus triggering the ripening process.
  • Conventional bananas are sprayed with synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides. The toxins remain on the outer skin and are also absorbed into the soil where the fruit is grown. Organic bananas are treated to natural fertilizers like manure and seaweed and rely on beneficial insects rather than pesticides.

Banana Tips & Tricks

  • To ripen bananas faster, put them in a sealed container—ideally a brown paper bag. Adding another fruit to the container (such as an apple or even a tomato) will further speed the ripening.
  • Wrapping banana stems tightly in cling wrap makes them last three to five days longer.
  • If you peel a banana from the bottom up (holding on to the stem like a handle), you avoid the stringy bits that cling to the fruit inside.  Monkeys peel bananas this way.
  • The inside of a banana peel contains oils that help reduce inflammation from a bug bite, help whiten teeth, an even clean and polish shoes!

About the Grower

Organics UnlimitedOrganics Unlimited is committed to providing premium quality organic bananas, plantains and coconuts for North America and Asia. Their mission is to provide the best quality organic bananas and tropical fruits in a socially responsible way. Through the GROW (Giving Resources and Opportunities to Workers) program, Organic Unlimited is able to provide ongoing financial support and services for farm workers, their families and surrounding communities.  Founded in 2005 on the principle of providing better opportunities for banana-growing communities, the GROW fund has helped thousands of families in Mexico and Ecuador through unique programs and services. Organic Unlimited’s produce is closely controlled to meet strict standards and organic certification requirements. No pesticides or chemicals are used in the growing process, safeguarding the health of the workers. The farms operate in a sustainable manner. Much of the water comes from wells dug on each plantation, mitigating the need for artificial irrigation.