Those annoying little strings on bananas? They have a name AND a purpose!


This is what those obnoxious strings on bananas are for!

Do you hate those little strings on your bananas and do you pull them off before eating like we do? And do you sometimes wonder what on earth the use of those weird little things can be? Wonder no more, because we’ve got the answer!


First of all, the strings have a name; they’re called ‘phloem bundles’. The phloem in a plant ensures the transport of nutrients throughout the entire plant. So the strings aren’t just useful to the banana itself, they’re also completely edible! There’s no need at all to pick them off before eating your banana. If only they tasted a little bit better…


A recent study has shown that bananas covered in brown spots are even healthier than spotless ones. So, it’s really actually those that we should be eating. Eating an overripe banana has a couple of benefits you would never expect. Research has shown that eating a brownish banana has incredible health benefits. We’re pretty impressed by them, so we’ve put them into a handy little list for you:

Flecked bananas…

  • reduce your chances of getting cancer! They contain an ingredient that destroys cancer cells.
  • regulate your blood pressure! When bananas have become overripe, they contain more potassium, which stimulates a stable blood pressure.
  • cure constipation!
  • alleviate menstrual cramps!

We’ll never throw away flecked bananas again in our lives! What do you usually do with bananas that have gone brown?

Read more about bananas: Add a brown banana to a bag of rice and you’ll never guess what happens!

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Source: Good Housekeeping | Image: Cetus News