Why are bananas curved? | health.be


Banana is one of the most popular fruits in the world. Young and old eat it, and it is very healthy. But have you ever wondered why bananas are actually twisted?

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People often think that banana grows on a tree, but it is actually a grass that can reach up to 15 meters in height. The leaf stems of the banana plant (Musa) are arranged on top of each other to form a false stem from which a new leaf constantly emerges. The enormous green leaves are spirally arranged and spread beautifully and high.

More than 1,000 different types of bananas grow around the world, divided into 50 groups. Some are sweet, such as the Cavendish variety, which is the most common and most exported.

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Banana growth


Banana plants thrive in tropical areas with high humidity. The fruits grow upward and thus against gravity, this is called negative geotropism, but as they become larger and heavier, they become increasingly droopy. This conflict between gravity and negative geotropism gives bananas their distinctive curved shape.

In this video you will get a visual summary of the information.

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Last updated: January 2024

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