Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Fruit vs Herb, the story of the Banana

My world was very nearly turned on it's head today by the following statement.


The banana is an herb.



Well like any reasonably skeptical person I said to my friend, "You're a fucking liar!" The ambiguity of a tomato was bad enough but now the bandana thinks it's an herb? I then calmly proceeded to devolve into a sobbing pile of snot. After enough time had passed my skepticism (denial) led me to the internet. Oxford had this to say.

Is the Banana a fruit or an Herb?
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.

Well ok, it's a compromise. Apparently the banana is a fruit... but the banana tree is not a tree at all but an herb.

The banana is also apparently super healthy/intoxicating. Banana Benefits

2 comments:

  1. That's news to me. PS: I don't care what the tomato is. It's disgusting and tastes like butt.

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  2. Dude, Dylan, you are rocking the shit out of this blog. Just sayin'

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