Why are bananas curved?

Bananas have several varieties that differ in proportions and shades like green to yellow, orange to red. It is also a good source of nutrients, giving you the energy you need for a day with just one serving. Bananas are ranked on the fifth spot of the most eaten fruit in the United States because solely of the reason that they can be ingested fresh, steamed, cooked, and even combined on drinks.

Bananas can be depicted quickly because of their bizarre form. Mostly, bananas are curved inwards or upwards, but there are also just slightly bent. Ever wondered why bananas are curved?

A banana’s growth starts from being a bud. It will transform into a flower that looks like a small red umbrella dangling upside down as days go by. By the way, the banana flower is also edible. As the flower slowly blooms, beneath its petals will grow small banana fruits, starting as a red stalk with yellow buds on its tip. As the bananas grow, it transforms into a more elongated shape and changes its color from yellow to green, resembling finger-like fruits arranged by rows. 

Just like humans go through puberty, bananas undergo a process called negative geotropism. Geotropism refers to plant growth in relation to gravity. To make it simple, imagine either leaves or a plant that grows upward facing the sun instead of pointing to the direction of the ground; it is called geotropism. In contrast, positive geotropism refers to a growth pointing toward the ground instead of facing the sun upwards.

Bananas grow downwards at first because it becomes heavy. However, as it starts to mature or near its ripe stage, it naturally seeks the sun as to why they transform by facing the sun upwards into a curved form. 

Whether a banana is curved or not, it still has the same nutrients it offers. So do not be scared to try different banana varieties!