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Yes, I Have No Poisonous Bananas!

When I was about 9, I heard that the strings inside a banana were poisonous. So when peeling a banana, I was extra careful to get all the strings off, just in case.
But finally I decided that it made no sense that something poisonous would be right next to the edible pulp. Surely there would have been more public warnings if that were true.
Maybe questioning this “fact” was an early indication of my interest in journalism. It’s all about asking questions and not blindly accepting what you hear or read.
Now I learn that the proper name for the strings is “phloem bundles.” Ick. Good thing I didn’t know that when I was a kid.
Also, did you know that we’re supposedly eating bananas backward, just as I used to do with broccoli. The stem is actually the bottom since bananas grow upward from there. The usual way of peeling the banana goes against the grain of the fruit, causing the strings to cling to it. I’ll have to try that next time we buy a bunch of bananas!

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