What is the most popular fruit in the world?

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What is the most popular fruit in the world?

I could give you a hint by putting the name of an ActiveRain member right here, but I'm pretty sure that would give it away.

Here are some interesting tidbits though:

  • The variety you eat today (Cavendish) is not the one that your grandparents used to eat (Gros Michel).
  • The Gros Michel variety is effectively extinct, ravaged by Panama disease.
  • The Cavendish variety was original thought to be resistant to Panama disease, but it turns out that it is not, and the Cavendish variety is slowly but surely being ravaged by a new strain of Panama disease.
  • The best hope for the Cavendish variety is genetic engineering. Unfortunately, genetically engineered foods are banned in many parts of the world.


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Stephanie Reynolds
Integrity First Financial Group, Inc. - Santee, CA
East County San Diego Homes 619-838-4408

This is interesting.....I honestly have no idea, but I am going to guess OH I KNOW! (it just hit me from your first hint!) Since I am the first guess, I am not going to blow it! But I do know the AR member is in Phoenix!

Aug 22, 2010 03:26 PM #1
Julia Odom
Select Realty Professionals - Chattanooga, TN
Chattanooga Homes for Sale

Most fruits are indigenous to a relatively localized area but since bananas or some variation (plantains?) grow pretty much in all of the tropical world that would be my guess!

Aug 22, 2010 04:27 PM #2
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

As we are getting ready to head to Bocas del Toro, Panama for vacation, I have been reading a little bit about bananas... ;-)

Aug 22, 2010 05:12 PM #3
Jack Gilleland
Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton - Clayton, OH

You know I never gave much thought to the variety of bananas, but when you said Gros Michel I remembered my Grandfathers fruit stand.  Thanks for bring that out of almost lost memories for me.

Aug 22, 2010 05:18 PM #4
Liz Flint
Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty - Houston, TX
Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066

Hi Jim, I heard that somewhere about the cavendish being the banana we eat today -- probably Alton Brown on the food channel.

Aug 22, 2010 05:46 PM #5
Michael Delaware
North Sky Realty LLC - Battle Creek, MI

Those diseases are probably why we are starting to see other varieties of bannanas coming into grocery stores more and more. 

Aug 23, 2010 01:45 AM #6
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

LOL Jim - thanks for the email!  I didn't know this about banana's!

Aug 23, 2010 04:56 AM #7
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Jim - What would be do without bananas?  Interesting ost, and I hadn't realized that the formerly popular bananas were extinct.  Hope the current ones don't follow suit!

Aug 23, 2010 11:16 AM #8
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I'm gonna head out to the DQ and get a banana split(just in case) *L*!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aug 23, 2010 01:48 PM #9
Bob Willis
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Orange, CA
Orange County & L.A. County Real Estate Agent

Wow Jim, you even stumped Anna Banana!  I didn't know any of the banana variety names, but I do know that there are lots of different varieties, and that the flavors actually do vary.  It would be good if we had a greater variety of bananas here in the U.S.

Aug 23, 2010 02:11 PM #10
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Jim ~ Ha! I have a banana every morning but clearly don't know my varieties. I thought you were talking about apples. Couldn't think of who was named after an apple here though one of my coworker's kids is named Apple.


Aug 23, 2010 03:42 PM #11
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Based on a report I read in the Dallas Morning News that WalMart sells more bannanas then any one in the world.  I would have to quess that is the answer.

Aug 24, 2010 07:00 AM #12
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

It may be bananas, but my favorite fruit by far is a mango.

Aug 24, 2010 10:20 AM #13
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jim, so now we want to know how many varieties of bananas are there:))

Aug 24, 2010 01:12 PM #14
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

i had no clue there were actual varieties of banannas.  I thought a bananna was a bananna.  Of course, I am old enough to know that nothing is that simple. 

Aug 24, 2010 01:52 PM #15
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Media, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Jim, Bananas are such a great fruit.  Kids of all ages love em!  Comes with their own packaging too! 


Aug 25, 2010 10:30 AM #16
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Hey, everyone!

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

I'm trying to follow up on these older posts like this one to see if anyone had any questions or if I really need to respond to anyone's comments.

I will read all the comments and respond to any that need a response, but since this post is rather old, rather than making comments here in my post to each and every one of you, I'll just let everyone know that I have read all the comments and if there are any questions, I'll answer those in comments below this one. Otherwise I'll simply post this comment and then head over to your blogs soon to visit and do some reading and commenting. I hope you'll have a nice welcome mat out for me!

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Aug 28, 2010 12:25 PM #17
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Richard - That's interesting about Wal-Mart selling the most bananas. I have never seen a banana at any of our Wal-Marts here.

Aug 28, 2010 12:27 PM #18
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Endre - Apparently there aren't that many that are commercially available. The Cavendish has something like 99% of the market share.

Aug 28, 2010 12:28 PM #19
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