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This is why bananas are bent

Cosmopolitan (UK) logo Cosmopolitan (UK) 4/07/2017 Dusty Baxter-Wright

This is why bananas are bent © Getty This is why bananas are bent Now that we know what those annoying stringy bits on bananas are for, we've been thinking: why are they so curved?

Dole, the food company behind distribution of bananas all over the world, have the answers - and once you realise the reason behind the bend, you'll kick yourself.

So, on their website, Dole explain how the fruit grows out of banana flowers, which start as buds that grow out of the pseudostem (the strong trunk in the middle). See exhibit A:

© Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) Beneath each flower petal, a row of tiny banana fruits start to grow.
© Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) Once they're much bigger in size, the fruit goes through a process called negative geotropism. Which basically means instead of continuously grow towards the ground, they start to turn towards the sun, in order to retrieve light.
© Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK)

Dole say the fruit does this because bananas grow in rainforests, where there is little sunlight, and if they were to grow towards the small amount of light that penetrates sideways through the vegetation, the plant could overbalance and topple over.

© Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) So, they're forced to grow upwards towards the breaks of light in the canopy.

© Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) Tad-aaaah.

Make sure you whip that out at your next pub quiz. The fact, not someone's banana. 

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