So bleedin’ what?

And yet, despite its status as king of all fruit, we discard an estimated 1.4 million bananas every single day. And that’s berserk because bananas aren’t just delicious, they’re endlessly useful.

Seriously, who cares?

Which is, as I say above, a lot of bananas. But it’s not actually that many bananas. World production of them is some 145 million tonnes a year. There’s a thousand kilos in a tonne, say a banana is 100 grammes (sounds about right, four bananas to the pound, ten to the kilo) or 1.45 trillion bananas a year eaten around the world. Divide again by 365 and 24 to get the hourly consumption rate and we get 165 million bananas consumed per hour.

13 comments on “So bleedin’ what?

  1. Surely they’re not very “endlessly useful”. After a while they go black and squishy and not very pleasant as food. I suppose they could still be burnt to generate electricity (although I wouldn’t fancy the job of cleaning out the furnace), but I shouldn’t think that’s what was meant.

  2. Anyone who has grown fruit knows that it is impossible to use 100% of the crop (unless it is something like blueberries which have a very long shelf life).
    Perhaps he thinks we should only eat blueberries?

  3. Divide again by 365 and 24 to get the hourly consumption rate and we get 165 million bananas consumed per hour.

    So we throw out about a half a banana second every year?

    I am absolutely amazed that the logistics process is so efficient. For something that goes brown and mushy so easily. Hats off to the multinationals for their good work then.

  4. Ah it’s the Guardian again, fretting over fruit this time. Is there anything they won’t ostentatiously wring their hands over?

    Bananas are not the king of fruits, and here’s why:

    1) As an insecure heterosexual man, I never feel comfortable eating one in public.

    2) They taste disgusting.

    3) Tropical spiders. You don’t run the risk of being bitten by poisonous arachnids when you pick up a bunch of apples, but if you are eating a banana there’s probably a big hairy spider about to sink its venomous furry fangs into your neck RIGHT NOW.

    4) I nearly choked to death on a banana milkshake at Wimpys once, it was so disgustingly viscous. They offered me a free banana milkshake by way of apology. >:-(

    5) Bananarama.

  5. Typical lefty progressive thing of using scary big numbers to scaremonger their sheep who having not had any real education (doing PPE and social sciences doesn’t usually count as real education [trolling]) get terribly worried because they don’t understand the context.

  6. ‘4) I nearly choked to death on a banana milkshake at Wimpys once, it was so disgustingly viscous. They offered me a free banana milkshake by way of apology. >:-(‘
    If at first you don’t succeed…..

  7. Has anyone here had success by rubbing banana skins on a wart? All it did for me was stain my trousers. So now I do it only in shorts-wearing weather.

  8. Dearime:
    ‘Has anyone here had success by rubbing banana skins on a wart? All it did for me was stain my trousers. So now I do it only in shorts-wearing weather.’
    Where did you get that idea from! Still, at least that seems harmless, though anyone seeing you doing that might question your sanity or their own.

  9. Dearieme – so those stubborn stains on your breeks are from bananas, eh?

    Eddy – this was long before the term “trolling” came into popular usage, but that Wimpy assistant trolled me hard.

  10. Richard
    March 27, 2014 at 10:15 am. After bananas go black, they are high in potassium and good for the elderly,slowing the gaga processes. Also , you can make a banana cake from squishy bananas which is highly edible.

  11. After bananas go black, they are high in potassium

    So there is something about the ripening process for bananas that absorbs potassium from the environment?

    Yes, bananas are high in potassium (stories here and Forbes passim regarding Fukushima) but it is nowt to do with their state of ripe or rotten-ness.

  12. Steve – “5) Bananarama.”

    Well I am firm enough in my heterosexuality to admit that I liked Bananarama. Not just Venus, but even Cruel Summer.

    Richard – “After bananas go black, they are high in potassium and good for the elderly,slowing the gaga processes.”

    I read that as the gag process. Damn Steve and his snide homosexualist insinuations.

    “Also , you can make a banana cake from squishy bananas which is highly edible.”

    Meh. Old bananas are best fried I find.

  13. @ SMFS
    They are best fried *before* they go more than half black. When I was young I was given a really good recipe by the senior partner and majority owner of a firm of stockbrokers who had invited my boss, and me as sidekick, out to lunch – this was a guy who didn’t have to worry, even in the 1970s, about admitting he cooked (the other really good male cook who gave me recipes was a RAF pilot who joined up when he left school in WWII).

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