Year 2 – March 5, 2013 – Potassium


Here is a reason why I tagged my photos with a label of ‘fauxtographer’ – I don’t know what to photograph and it was too late to get out and about so I saw a bunch of banana on my kitchen table and try to make the best of it.

Banana is the common name for a type of herb and also the name for the herbaceous plants that grow this herb. These plants belong to the genus Musa. They are native to the tropical region of Southeast Asia. There are about 100 different species of bananas.   It is possible that bananas were grown for food for the first time in Papua New Guinea. Today, they are cultivated in the tropical regions around the world.

The banana fruit grow in hanging clusters. There are up to 20 fruit to a tier. (called a hand). The total of the hanging clusters is known as a bunch, or commercially as a “banana stem”. There are between three and twenty tiers to a bunch. A bunch usually weighs between thirty and fifty kilograms.   A single fruit is about 125 grams on average; about three quarters of this is water.

Bananas have a lot of vitamin B6, vitamin C, and potassium.


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