The yellow fruit I’m referring to is the banana. It has been even sung about and if at all it’s possible to believe I discovered ten songs sung about this fruit but the list didn’t include one of my favorites a song from 1923 “Yes, We Have No Bananas” sung by Al Jolson.
On with the facts:
- Archaeologists have discovered evidence that banana cultivation goes back as far as 8000 B.C. in New Guinea.
- Bet you didn’t know this because I too thought bananas grew on trees. Well, they don’t the banana plant is classified as a tree-like perennial herb. Hold on tight when reading this fact – the banana is considered to be a berry.
- A bunch of bananas is referred to as a hand; a single banana as a finger.
- Nearly all of the bananas you buy in stores come from the Cavendish banana plant, originally native to Southeast Asia.
- The song I mentioned “Yes, We Have No Bananas!” sold close to a thousand copies a day.
- Another popular “banana song” was the “Banana Boat Song” by Harry Belafonte and was released on his first album Calypso and the album sold more than a million copies.
I added here Harry Belafonte “Banana Boat Song”. This is a real fun song and there might be those of you who remember that this song was included in the movie starring Michael Keaton “Beetlejuice”.