Off topic: Boneless bananas???
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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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Nov 30, 2011

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I am sure they make a great dessert after seedless chicken breast...

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Frankie JB
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And now a poetic translation... Nov 30, 2011

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Alex Lago  Identity Verified
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Yes strange as it sounds Nov 30, 2011

There are actually a lot of boneless banana photos available on the Internet because people always find it amusing, the thing is it is actually a correct term.

Bananas exist in many varieties in the wild, though we tend to think of all bananas as yellow and long that is not the case with all wild banana varieties. Wild bananas have seeds in them (they need them to reproduce). The wild bananas that our cultivated bananas came from originally had large seeds inside them, wild varieties still have seeds in them (you can see a photo of one of them on this Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana), but the bananas we see in supermarkets have had these seeds bred out of them, the bananas are now reproduced asexually from offshoots.

Those seeds are called "bones" so all the bananas we buy in supermarkets are by definition "boneless bananas".


 

Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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Boneless bananas vs. seedless melons Nov 30, 2011

Alex Lago wrote:

Those seeds are called "bones" so all the bananas we buy in supermarkets are by definition "boneless bananas".


It sounds bizarre... icon_smile.gif


 

Alex Lago  Identity Verified
Spain
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Yeah Nov 30, 2011

Nicole Schnell wrote:

Alex Lago wrote:

Those seeds are called "bones" so all the bananas we buy in supermarkets are by definition "boneless bananas".


It sounds bizarre... icon_smile.gif


Yeah it does, nobody really uses the term now but you have to think back quite a few years to when "boneless bananas" were first introduced, it was a large selling point.icon_smile.gif


 

opolt  Identity Verified
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Spineless bananas ... Nov 30, 2011

... were bred so you don't hurt yourself, for training purposes only, until you get used to the real thing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piWCBOsJr-w

You know, wild bananas are wild -- and dangerous :-]


 

Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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:) Nov 30, 2011

opolt wrote:

... were bred so you don't hurt yourself, for training purposes only, until you get used to the real thing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piWCBOsJr-w

You know, wild bananas are wild -- and dangerous :-]





 

neilmac  Identity Verified
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Fruta de hueso/sin hueso Nov 30, 2011

Alex Lago wrote:

There are actually a lot of boneless banana photos available on the Internet because people always find it amusing, the thing is it is actually a correct term.

Bananas exist in many varieties in the wild, though we tend to think of all bananas as yellow and long that is not the case with all wild banana varieties. Wild bananas have seeds in them (they need them to reproduce). The wild bananas that our cultivated bananas came from originally had large seeds inside them, wild varieties still have seeds in them ...but the bananas we see in supermarkets have had these seeds bred out of them, the bananas are now reproduced asexually from offshoots.

Those seeds are called "bones" so all the bananas we buy in supermarkets are by definition "boneless bananas".


Exactly. If the source were Spanish-speaking, I'd assume the confusion arose from "hueso" (bone) being used to describe the seed of stone fruits like peach and nectarine. In this case, they simply mean "seedless" bananas...


 


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