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  1. Mar 26, 2008 #1

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    Both. A banana (the yellow thing you peel and eat) is undoubtedly a fruit (containing the seeds of the plant: see answer regarding tomatoes), though since commercially grown banana plants are sterile, the seeds are reduced to little specks. However, the banana plant, though it is called a 'banana-tree' in popular usage, is technically regarded as a herbaceous plant (or 'herb'), not a tree, because the stem does not contain true woody tissue.

    I heard it over the radio and had to look.
     
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  3. Mar 26, 2008 #2

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    More banana trivia -

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cavendish_banana

    Apparently a fungus is slowly destroying the populations of the Cavendish banana.
    The Cavendish banana could be wiped out - http://www.physorg.com/news5802.html

    I heard about this more recently, but don't remember where. :rolleyes:
     
  4. Mar 26, 2008 #3

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    Nope, I didn't know that.

    And did you know...bamboo isn't a tree, it's a grass.
     
  5. Mar 26, 2008 #4

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    I did not know that.
     
  6. Mar 26, 2008 #5
    Banana, No. Bamboo, yes.
     
  7. Mar 26, 2008 #6

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    UUUUHHHHHH!!! That tastes disgusting..............

    What's this........strange addictive needs forming.......need......more....Tomacco!!!
     
  11. Mar 26, 2008 #10

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    Did you know that peanuts aren't nuts, they're legumes?
     
  12. Mar 26, 2008 #11

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    They should be called "pealegumes."
     
  13. Mar 26, 2008 #12
    Comfort should try his little speech with a natural banana instead of the kind we bred into existence.
     
  14. Mar 26, 2008 #13
    Did you know you half to have a permit to grow peanuts in the US?
     
  15. Mar 26, 2008 #14
    Did you know that bananas were specifically made by God Himself for humans to consume and enjoy?
     
  16. Mar 26, 2008 #15
    This is where the "kicking trees to be a kickboxer" myth came from.

    You see, in Thailand, where Muay Thai is huge (obviously), before heavy bags (i.e. the kind boxers use) were common, they would kick young banana trees because they were very rubbery and soft, since they weren't actual trees.

    Then you have idiots in the Western World who decide to kick freakin' oak trees in their backyard because they think it will make them tough. Hilarity ensues when the doctor tells them they'll never be able to walk again!
     
  17. Mar 26, 2008 #16

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    Did you know that -

    Cashews are in the same family as poison ivy and poison sumac.​

    http://amos.indiana.edu/library/scripts/cashews.html

    I enjoy cashews and various nuts. I do not enjoy cracking the shell.
     
  18. Mar 26, 2008 #17

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    "Pealegume butter and jelly" sounds disgusting.
     
  19. Mar 26, 2008 #18

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    In adhesives research, there is a great amount of activity into finding alternatives to petroleum-based adhesives. Resin made from cashew nut oil has been found to be an excellent substitute for phenol-based products.
     
  20. Mar 26, 2008 #19
    Yes I did, in fact I have been told that fact officially 100 times now. Along with they are also called groundnuts, and various sundry facts about peanut butter, it's inventor etc. Congratulations :smile:
     
  21. Mar 26, 2008 #20

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    Did you know..

    http://www.eatmorebananas.com/facts/history.htm
     
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