Waarom zijn de bananen krom?

Waarom zijn de bananen krom?

De banaan, die mooie, gele gebogen vrucht van de bananenplant. Een bananenplant heeft geen stam maar bestaat eigenlijk helemaal uit bladeren. Daar groeit een bloemknop aan. Deze knop bestaat uit wel 100 bloemen, en elke bloem wordt een banaan. De bananenplant heeft veel zon nodig.

Volgens de tuinbouw hoort hij eigenlijk bij de groenten, omdat de bananenboom een kruid is. Het is 's werelds grootste kruid. Maar culinair gezien hoort het bij de vruchten. De banaan wordt als tussendoortje gegeten, maar ook als nagerecht.  

En waarom ze krom zijn? In het liedje van Tony Corsari uit 1959 is er geen antwoord, daar word je dus niet wijzer van. Hij zingt het wel in verschillende talen, dat is wel erg leuk, tenminste, voor in die tijd. 

Ook Andre van Duin heeft er een liedje over gezongen, waarschijnlijk een iets bekender liedje. Zijn antwoord is: Als je ze rechtop zet,  dan vallen ze om, d'rom! Of is het helemaal anders, wat er gefluisterd wordt? Passen ze niet meer in hun schil, als recht zijn?  

Natuurlijk is er maar één echt goed antwoord: ze groeien naar boven, naar de draaiende zon. Net als alle planten groeien ze naar het licht. Bovenaan zitten ze vast aan de steel en de onderkant van de baan groeit richting het licht. De bladeren houden de zon tegen, daardoor zijn ze in het begin nog recht. Als de bladeren gaan vallen, dan groeien ze in een boogje naar de zon toe.





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