Just look at these boneless bananas


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#2

I dunno, those all look pretty... happy to see you.


#3

Just look at this banana promotional film. (Unsliced banana film available here: https://archive.org/details/AboutBan1935)


#4

I just hope they are discarding all the banana bones in a safe and environmentally sound way.

Once removed from the banana, the banana bone is highly toxic and radioactive, with a half-life of 23 squintillion years.


#5

They're also rBGH-free!


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#7

You can never be sure


#8

Where's the fun in that?


#9

in tagalog, "seed" and "bone" translate to the same word: "buto", so i have, in my youth, been guilty of making the same type of mistake -- though never with a banana.


#10

not so boneless are they


#11

Wow. That's a spookily captivating image. Is it an actual x-ray of the structure of the banana we are generally familiar with? Or is it a shop of a sardine skeleton (or whatever) superimposed on the 'nana?


#12

I don't know of any plants that actually do; most of them seem to lean on cellulose for structural applications; but my layman's understanding provides no obvious reason why a plant couldn't incorporate some calcified support structures....

Any plant-ologists know either of some oddball that does or some architectural or evolutionary constraint that rules it out?


#13

Well you see, plant cells metabolize calcium through a cellular transport mechanism that I'm just totally making this up.


#14

Probably depends what you mean by a 'support structure'. Some plants certainly contain calcium oxalate crystals large (and sharp) enough to break the skin of potential predators.

Others (especially grasses) deposit silica in their tissues, which may be for support. It also wears away the teeth of their predators, which is why cows' teeth grow continually.


#15

Of course bone-in bananas have more flavor.


#16

As funny as this is, bananas in the wild have hard seeds. Maybe this is what they are trying to say.


#17

I don't know about you all, but I'd be really perturbed if a banana that I was eating had an actual bone in it.

Didn't think the warning was necessary, but still a good thing to know.


#18

I would guess the main reason is just that vascular plants developed on land, where there's a much better supply of carbon dioxide for organic compounds like cellulose and lignin than of minerals.

Minerals are easier to come by in the water, which is of course where vertebrates first developed bones. And in the sea you do get cases like coralline algae that have calcified cell walls, although they need it more for protection than support.


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I don't know, I'm getting a banana just looking at them... stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye


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