Yesterday was Banana Lovers Day! This is the celebration of one of the most popular fruits in the world. Did you know that the average person eats about 33 pounds of bananas a year? That’s approximately 100 individual bananas per person!
Bananas are a significant fruit to the island of Madeira, which is a Portuguese island. This is because bananas are one of the island’s biggest exports.
Bananas are high in fiber and potassium. These properties can help prevent calcium loss, ulcers, high blood pressure, and certain kinds of cancer. Although bananas are often pictured as growing on trees, the banana “tree” is actually an herb. The banana is the fruit of this herb.
So next time to celebrate Banana Lovers Day, grab a bunch of bananas to share with family and friends. Fry them, grill them, add them to a s’more, or just enjoy them plain. Have fun!
Five Quick Facts:
- 80% of Madeira’s bananas are exported to Portugal’s mainland.
- During the first eight months of last year, production reached 9512 tons.
- Banana production is one of the main contributions to employment in Madeira.
- The Banana only gained prominence in the early 20th century in Madeira.
- Plantation of the banana goes back to the 16th century in Madeira