Last week, so many of you pitched in when I asked how to eat a banana (from the top or the bottom) — who knew so many of you were passionate about bananas!?! haha
So this week, I thought I’d put together a couple of cool banana facts together!
First off, bananas have been bred to not produce seeds, which means that bananas aren’t able to reproduce naturally. They can only spread when a human cuts from the base of another plant to make a new one. I want a banana tree!
Did you know that banana peels can be used to purify water? Yep!! Researchers in Brazil found banana peels to be superior to many synthetic filtration materials developed within the past ten years! Peels are easy to renew, and can be used up to eleven times before wearing out. Compounds in the peels contain nitrogen, sulfur, and organic compounds such as carboxylic acids. These acids contain negatively-charged electron pairs which can attract metals that are commonly found in water, such as lead or copper, because they typically have a positive charge. There’s an idea for your kids science fair!!!
You can also use the inside of a banana peel to polish leather shoes & silverwear and to stop mosquito bites from itching (it helps to get rid of all that stringy stuff on the inside first)! You can even rub the banana peel on your houseplants to make them look shinier.
The actual banana can be turned into a smooth paste to use as a moisturizer for your face. Heck, you can tenderize a roast with a banana too!
Bananas are awesome!
Why not go full out bananas on the topic and CHECK OUT some pretty cool (yet creepy) banana sculptures too!