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Going Bananas

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Banana art is pretty a-peeling.

We have all heard of ice carving and pumpkin carving. Have you ever heard of banana carving? There is a man in Japan named Keisuke Yamada, who is an electrician by day, but by night he is a master banana artist. He can turn a banana into a dragon, a movie character or a pistol. His tools: a toothpick and a spoon. His masterpiece is completed in about an hour’s time.

Why wait to the fall to carve a pumpkin when you can carve a banana year round. Take a look at some of Keisuke’s amazing work.

And while we are on the subject of bananas, here are a few banana facts you may not know:

– The scientific name for banana is musa saplentum, which means “fruit of the wise man.”

– Bananas don’t actually grow on trees. They grow on plants that are officially classified as an herb. They’re in the same family as lilies, orchids and palms.

– The oil from the inside of a banana peel can be rubbed on a mosquito bite or on poison ivy to help stop it from itching and getting inflamed.

– Eating a banana can lower your body temperature and cool you during a fever or on a hot day.

– More songs have been written about bananas than about any other fruit.

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  • Joan

    Who knew? Very interesting backstory for bananas. Thanks Maryellen!

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