Bananas.org

Welcome to the Bananas.org forums.

You're currently viewing our message boards as a guest which gives you limited access to participate in discussions and access our other features such as our wiki and photo gallery. By joining our community, you'll have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload photos, and access many other special features. Registration is fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.

Go Back   Bananas.org > Banana Forum > Main Banana Discussion
The Facebook Platform
Register Photo Gallery Classifieds Wiki Chat Map Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Main Banana Discussion This is where we discuss our banana collections; tips on growing bananas, tips on harvesting bananas, sharing our banana photos and stories.


Members currently in the chatroom: 0
The most chatters online in one day was 17, 09-06-2009.
No one is currently using the chat.

Reply   Email this Page Email this Page
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 03-19-2014, 08:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 1
BananaBucks : 20,885
Feedback: 0 / 0%
Said "Thanks" 0 Times
Was Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 0 Times
Default Is a banana a nut?

I recently read somewhere that a banana is a nut, and then in a discussion of allergies I brought this up to my co-workers.

They did not believe me, and the entire office is researching whether a banana is a nut. We have established that it is a fruit, a berry, and an herb but it looks that it is doubtful that it is a nut.

With my reputation on the line it looks like bananas.org is my only hope. Can someone help me here and clear up this conundrum?
banananut11 is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To banananut11

Join Bananas.org Today!

Are you a banana plant enthusiast? Then we hope you will join the community. You will gain access to post, create threads, private message, upload images, join groups and more.

Bananas.org is owned and operated by fellow banana plant enthusiasts. We strive to offer a non-commercial community to learn and share information. Receive all three issues from Volume 1 of Bananas Magazine with your membership:
   

Join Bananas.org Today! - Click Here


Sponsors

Old 03-19-2014, 08:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
Yo BananaHead
 
Abnshrek's Avatar
 
Location: Haughton, LA
Zone: 8b, but 9b weather..
Name: Migael / Michael
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 9,480
BananaBucks : 120,916
Feedback: 45 / 100%
Said "Thanks" 10,371 Times
Was Thanked 16,251 Times in 5,173 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 2,283 Times
Default Re: Is a banana a nut?

Welcome & Happy Nut info Hunting. The Banana Nuts live here...lol. :^)
__________________
Click for Haughton, Louisiana Forecast

I'm a Nannerhead :^)
Abnshrek is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To Abnshrek
Said thanks:
Old 03-19-2014, 12:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
always pushing the limits
 
pmurphy's Avatar
 
Location: Vancouver, BC Canada
Zone: 8B
Name: Pam
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 397
BananaBucks : 36,519
Feedback: 1 / 100%
Said "Thanks" 167 Times
Was Thanked 494 Times in 208 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 1,151 Times
Default Re: Is a banana a nut?

Quote:
Originally Posted by banananut11 View Post
I recently read somewhere that a banana is a nut, and then in a discussion of allergies I brought this up to my co-workers.

They did not believe me, and the entire office is researching whether a banana is a nut. We have established that it is a fruit, a berry, and an herb but it looks that it is doubtful that it is a nut.

With my reputation on the line it looks like bananas.org is my only hope. Can someone help me here and clear up this conundrum?
You've asked a very confusing and complicated question, so lets see if I can get this right.......

Although often referred to as banana trees, they are not trees at all - although they can reach impressive heights - but are instead a perennial herb - often referred to as the world's largest herb. The fact that the banana plant does not contain woody tissue classifies it as a herbaceous plant, or herb. The banana itself contains the seeds of the plant, which sort of makes it a fruit but technically it is a herb.
And even though they are technically a herb, they are most commonly considered to be a fruit since the natural - or wild - bananas have seeds inside them.
The "banana" is a fruit but it grows on a herbaceous plant.
But because the fruit of the banana plant is many seeded and with a fleshy inner layer, it could also technically be called a berry.


Definition of a Berry:
1.small juicy fruit: a small juicy or fleshy fruit. Berries are usually round and may be edible or inedible.
2.fleshy seed-containing fruit: a soft fleshy fruit that contains many seeds.
3.kernel: a seed or kernel, e.g. a coffee bean
* The botanical definition of a berry is a fleshy fruit produced from a single ovary. Grapes and avocados are two common examples. The berry is the most common type of fleshy fruit in which the entire ovary wall ripens into an edible pericarp (outer layer or shell). They may have one or more carpels. The seeds are usually embedded in the fleshy interior of the ovary, but there are some non-fleshy exceptions, such as peppers. A plant that bears berries is said to be bacciferous or baccate (a fruit that resembles a berry, whether it actually is a berry or not, can also be called "baccate").
In everyday English, "berry" is a term for any small edible fruit. These "berries" are usually juicy, round or semi-oblong, brightly coloured, sweet or sour, and do not have a stone or pit, although many seeds may be present.
Many berries, such as the tomato, are edible, but others in the same family, such as the fruits of the deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna) and the fruits of the potato (Solanum tuberosum) are poisonous to humans

Definition of a Nut:
1.hard fruit: the fruit of a plant, especially a tree, with a hard outer shell containing the seed
2.edible kernel: the hard seed of a nut, especially when it is edible
3.hard fruit of some plants: the hard dry one-seeded fruit of various plants, which does not split open to scatter its seed when it is mature
* A nut is a fruit composed of a hard shell and a seed, where the hard-shelled fruit does not open to release the seed (indehiscent). In a culinary context, a wide variety of dried seeds are often called nuts, but in a botanical context, only ones that include the indehiscent fruit are considered true nuts.

Clear as mud......?

I honestly do not see anything about the banana that fits the definition of a nut. Can anybody else add, subtract or clarify the above information
pmurphy is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To pmurphy
Old 03-20-2014, 06:52 AM   #4 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 4
BananaBucks : 1,281
Feedback: 0 / 0%
Said "Thanks" 0 Times
Was Thanked 4 Times in 2 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 1 Times
Default Re: Is a banana a nut?

I believe calling a banana a berry best fits it's morphology. Bananas don't fit any nut descriptions I know of.
redwood33 is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To redwood33
Said thanks:
Old 03-23-2014, 05:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
 
Cikas33's Avatar
 
Location: Trsteno/Dubrovnik ( Croatia )
Zone: 9b/10a
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 109
BananaBucks : 17,285
Feedback: 0 / 0%
Said "Thanks" 89 Times
Was Thanked 247 Times in 80 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 0 Times
Default Re: Is a banana a nut?

They are not nuts....
__________________
Cultivars and species that I have:

Musa basjoo
Musa Dwarf Namwah
Musa Fen Ba Jiao
Musa Ice Cream
Musa Pisang Ceylon
Musa thomsonii
Musa Dwarf Brazilian
Musa 1000 Fingers
Cikas33 is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To Cikas33
Sponsors

Old 03-23-2014, 06:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
Container grower
 
cincinnana's Avatar
 
Location: Southwest Ohio U.S.A
Zone: HZ 6/5 Microclimate - Elevation 750 feet- 228.60 meters
Name: Cin
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 3,598
BananaBucks : 2,580
Feedback: 3 / 100%
Said "Thanks" 3,108 Times
Was Thanked 6,748 Times in 2,637 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 1,286 Times
Default Re: Is a banana a nut?

Bannana nut bread.....duh!!!!
I read it on the internet .....so it is true......

However ....people that believe that bananas are nuts ........ are nuts...
Conversely people that believe nuts are bananas .........are bananas.
__________________


cincinnana is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To cincinnana
Reply   Email this Page Email this Page

Previous Thread: Majunche/Burro/Orinoco?
Next Thread: Looking for us contact





Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:20 PM.





Follow us:
Twitter YouTube

All content © Bananas.org & the respective author.