Trivia

Hard

Which Of These Banana Cultivars Constitutes The Bulk Of Global Banana Consumption?

Cavendish
Goldfinger
Gros Michel
Dwarf Red

Answer: Cavendish

Although there are dozens of wild and cultivated banana strains around the world, there’s a good chance that the last banana you ate is from the Cavendish cultivar group in the Musa acuminata banana family. If you live in a nation where there are no native bananas or banana crops, that chance approaches nearly 100% as 47% of all bananas grown for international export around the globe are the Cavendish type.

While that’s true today, the Cavendish type bananas didn’t always dominate the international growing/exporting scene. Up until the 1950s, the dominant banana type in both total pounds grown and exported was the Gros Michel cultivar. Unfortunately, a nasty fungus wiped out almost the entire global crop and production levels never rose back to their pre-1950s level as the cultivar was replaced.

Not only is this an interesting bit about the history of the banana, but it also explains one of life’s little mysteries: why candy that is “banana” flavored doesn’t taste anything like the bananas you buy at the store. The recipe for artificial banana flavoring was cooked up in the early 20th century and the food scientists who created it used the Gros Michel banana as a model. As such, artificial banana flavoring does in fact taste like bananas, just not the ones you’re regularly eating.

Trivia

Hard

The First Volunteer Computing Project Was Focused On?

Trivia

Easy

What Does The Longest Laser Ranging System In The World Measure?

Trivia

Hard

The Busiest Airport In The World Is Located In?

Trivia

Hard

Which Actor Voiced The Joker In Batman: The Animated Series But Was Cut Because He Terrified Children?

Trivia

Hard

The Quietest Place On Earth Is Located Where?

Trivia

Hard

Which Of These U.S. Paper Currency Bills Features A Non-Washington D.C. Landmark?

Trivia

Hard

The Driest Place On Earth, As Measured By Precipitation, Is Located In?

Trivia

Hard

Sci-Fi Author Ernest Cline Loaned His DeLorean To Fantasy Author George Martin In Exchange For?

Trivia

Very Hard

What Famous Internet Worm Led To The First Federal Computer Crime Prosecution?

Trivia

Easy

Which Web Browser Is Named After What It Lacks?