Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Bananas: Fruit or Non-Fruit?

Just found out recently that the BANANA is actually not a fruit at all.

By the term "Fruit", it would mean the "product of fertilization". Fruits will germinate into plants, which will again flower, thus offering another opportunity for fertilization.

However, the bananas that we commonly found in the stalls or supermarkets have no, if not insignificant, seeds at all.

In comparison, only bananas found in the wild, that have much larger seeds which will germinate, can be considered as "Fruits".

The part of a plant which is not the direct product of a fertilization nor the structure bearing (the plant) can be safely termed as a "HERB".

To conclude, the seedless bananas that we commonly eat nowadays is considered a HERB.

Before I end off my post, TOMATOES are not vegetables, they are a type of berries... (^_^)

Source: A children book I read in a bookstore in NUH,
and Ric Rupnik of http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/bot00/bot00134.htm

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