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PostSubject: Bananas - An interesting thought   Fri Apr 11, 2008 1:16 pm

I don't know why; this fact popped into my head and I thought I'd share it with ye. Babanas are seedless, as you may have realised. You may not have pondered, though, where banana plants come from. Banana plants are clones, like strawberry plants. There are fears that a single disease could wipe out all the edible bananas in the world, thanks to increased globalisation.

Here's the article I found this nugget in: http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/opinion/2007/1108/1194222851921.html.
It's a good read; Frank McNally is one of the best writers they have at the Times.
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PostSubject: Re: Bananas - An interesting thought   Fri Apr 11, 2008 1:18 pm

Bananas are going extinct anyway I thought... and they are going to be replaced by bananas which are red when unripened (instead of green)... of course I only gained this information from a conversation in the pub one night so I have no idea of its accuracy.
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PostSubject: Re: Bananas - An interesting thought   Fri Apr 11, 2008 1:23 pm

Banana trees aren't actually trees. They're a type of herb. I'm not 100% sure how that works, but there you have it.
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PostSubject: Re: Bananas - An interesting thought   Fri Apr 11, 2008 1:25 pm

Ah, 'a man in a pub told me'. From the article I deduced that wild inedible bananas (which do have seeds) should be all right.

I've been calling them banana plants to avoid just that sort of confusion TheBear. Think of them as enormous shrubs.
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PostSubject: Re: Bananas - An interesting thought   Fri Apr 11, 2008 8:05 pm

and people use bananas as example of why gmo would be good and nothing new, i think it says the opposite that depending too much on the one type
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PostSubject: Re: Bananas - An interesting thought   Fri Apr 11, 2008 8:25 pm

lostexpectation wrote:
and people use bananas as example of why gmo would be good and nothing new, i think it says the opposite that depending too much on the one type

Agreed, lostexpectation, abandoning a species or genera of seed should be treated as criminal, pretty much as abandoning a child at home and going to the Costas for Christmas.

Didn't bananas used to have little black dots in them? Weren't those seeds? (please don't say anything bad about bananas).
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PostSubject: Re: Bananas - An interesting thought   Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:58 pm

I will dance, DANCE, then those awful nasty yellow fuckers are banished from the earth.

DANCE I SAY!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Bananas - An interesting thought   Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:21 pm

i live on banana sandwiches, and curse the lack of banana milkshakes in mcdoanls anymore
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PostSubject: Re: Bananas - An interesting thought   Wed Jan 28, 2009 12:49 pm

Banana on toast. Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Bananas - An interesting thought   Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:04 pm

Memories of childhood and buying bananas at a stall where they cut them straight from the tree. Not all bananas are the same there is a whole botanical family. They are different shapes, some are for cooking, some are wild.

They are a good food if you are somewhere where the hygiene is questionable as they come with their own wrapping.
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PostSubject: Re: Bananas - An interesting thought   Wed Jan 28, 2009 3:18 pm

I love banana bread from that place Nude.

I always thought that bananas did have seeds they were the tiny black dots you see when you bite into one.


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PostSubject: Re: Bananas - An interesting thought   Wed Jan 28, 2009 5:14 pm

bananas do have seeds but can only obtain one or two per bunch. and they're tiny so you mostly cannot see them.

they are pretty much a genetic mutation which has been successful in evolutionary terms.
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PostSubject: Re: Bananas - An interesting thought   Wed Jan 28, 2009 5:21 pm

What could be more natural for a bunch of primates like us!

Remember banannas carry lots of potassium, which can be used to balance your artificially high sodium(salt) intake. To avoid all the civilisastional ailments like diabetes, hypertension etc, you should try to aim for a potassium sodium ratio of 4:1 as our cells depend on a checmical pump involving these two elements. Our recenthomo sapien ancestors (circa 10,000bc) had it at 20:1. Thanks to civilisation and the bread and salt which came with it many people ingest that ratio in complete reverse and are afflicted by many infirmities which were hitherto unknown in the natural environment.

The answer is to eat loads on bananas.
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