The Most Interesting Fruit in the World (Ep. 375)

...six million tons of Cavendish bananas each year, or 110 bananas per person; the U.S., about 130 bananas per person. Canada beats us both, with 150 bananas. So you can...

The Economics of Bananas

...have cost at least twice as much per pound as bananas. Americans eat as many bananas as apples and oranges combined, which is especially amazing when you consider that not...

FREAK Shots: The Mystery of the Banana Stand

...fruit stand except for the fact that the BSL [Banana Stand Lady] will sell you two bananas for $1 and will sell you three bananas for $1! They are the...

Banana Arbitrage

Photo: jetheriot Bananas are a popular topic on this blog. In February, a reader wrote in with this odd banana stand pricing phenomenon. And in 2008, Dubner explored the potentially...

Inside the Banana Market

...has to be harvested and transported while completely unripe. Bananas are cut while green, hard, and immature, washed in cool water (both to begin removing field heat and to stop...

Food + Science = Victory! (Ep. 226 Rebroadcast)

...not true. Because the fruits and vegetables that most people pick in this country — and that includes things like melons, white sweet corn, white potatoes, bananas, iceberg lettuce —...

Can Britain Get Its “Great” Back? (Ep. 393)

...Barnes — John Barnes is a black, British person who played football, very talented. In those days when he played, the 80s, it wasn’t uncommon for bananas to be thrown...

Season 8, Episode 43

Ninety-nine percent of commercially traded bananas are just one variety: the Cavendish. (Photo: Moore/Getty) The banana used to be a luxury good. Now it’s the most popular fruit in the...

Where Do Good Ideas Come From? (Ep. 368)

...turn on a clever transformation — a pair of bananas that represent a horse’s hindquarters; a poppy-seed bagel is repurposed into a man’s chin, mid-shave. Even when the topic is...