Did you know that what you believe about bananas says something about your culture?
Yup, it’s true.
For me, I grew up believing that there were two types of bananas: Dole and Chiquita. Oh and manybe those weird little ones. So, three types of bananas.
And then, I moved to Indonesia.
It turns out that Indonesia is the world’s 6th largest banana-producing country. If you go to the pasar (market) to buy bananas, they will ask you what type you want. (“Um, the yellow ones with the little blue sticker?”) Apprently there are almost 1,000 varities of bananas in the world and more than 20 varieties are grown in Indonesia. I personally like the Ambon variety.
Most Americans (myself included) believe that the top of the banana is the part of the banana that connects to the stem. This is probably because of how they are displayed in the grocery store.
However, most of the rest of the world will tell you that the opposite end of the banana is actually the top because…
if you’ve ever seen bananas growing, you would know that the top of the bananas is the part that is, well, on the top!
So, the next time you go to the grocery store, tell the guy in produce that he is displaying the bananas upside-down!