Bananas are one of the most popular fruits on the market. Banana trees grow almost everywhere, there is hardly any continent or country that doesn’t have a banana tree which explains why it is very popular. There are also different species of banana. Bananas are not all the same – they could vary in size, color, weight, and more.
How much does a banana weigh? The average weight of a banana is 118 grams (0.260 lbs).
Knowing the weight of bananas can be helpful in different situations, like dieting, scientific experiments, and so on. We’re going to show you some things to know when weighing banana as well as different things that can affect the weight of a banana, and also ways you can weigh it conveniently.
Things to Know When Weighing Bananas
Before you start weighing your bananas there are some things you should know. Your bananas may not all weigh the same which could be for a wide number of reasons. The main reason is the size. The size of bananas varies even those in a bunch. Don’t expect all bananas to have the same weight.
Another thing you should know is, there are different ways you can measure the weight of a banana. You can measure a banana with or without the skin, singularly or in a bunch.
Factors Affecting the Weight of Banana
So not all bananas weigh the same. Their weights can be affected by different factors that are beyond our control:
The gene typically refers to the genetic composition of the banana tree. As mentioned earlier, there are different species of banana based on the type of genes present. The genetic composition of the banana tree will determine the size, color, shape, length, other physical and chemical properties of the fruit produced.
You may have noticed some sizes of bananas that are very large and others that are very small, this difference in size is due to the genetic composition. If you weigh both fruits, the one with the larger size is likely to have the higher weight.
The location where the fruit is cultivated goes a long way in determining the weight of the fruit. For example, the type of environment and how suitable it is for growing bananas can determine how it grows. If the location where the tree is grown is not an ideal environment for the banana tree, it will affect the growth.
Things in the location that can affect the growth include:
- Soil Type and Soil Nutrients: There are different types of soil and each type has its characteristics. There are also chemical compounds called nutrients that are important for the growth of trees. If the nutrients in the soil are not sufficient or the soil type is not suitable, it will affect the size of the banana tree and the fruits that it will produce. So if you weigh your banana and the weight falls way below the average weight, it could be a result of poor soil condition.
- Water: The water is another important factor that affects the weight and size of your banana. Plants need water to grow, although some plants need less water compared to others. If the amount of water in the area where the banana tree is planted is not optimal, it can affect the growth of the tree. Although banana trees are quite persistent and can grow in harsh conditions, they will still need a reasonable amount of water supply to grow properly and produce healthy fruits.It is possible for a banana tree to receive too much water which can also affect the growth of the tree.
- Human Activity: There are several things that we do that affect nature. This effect could be good or bad depending on the activity that we do. There are some activities that humans carry out that damage the environment that can affect a banana tree’s life. If the growth site of the banana tree is near an industrial area or polluted soil, it will affect the growth of the trees. However, there are also activities that we do that help improve the soil life, environment, and plant growth. For example, we can add manure to the soil or install irrigation systems to sufficiently water the soil.
What all these factors have in common is that they all affect the size of the banana produced which directly affects the size.
Weighing Your Bananas
When weighing your bananas, there are different methods you can use to make it easy for you. In addition, you can also weigh your banana with or without the peel, although the peel adds little to the weight.
- One by one: Normally, bananas come in bunches, however, you can separate the bunch into individual units and measure the weight of the reach unit. You can use this method to get the average weight of a bunch.
- In a bunch: With this method, you can measure the weight of an entire bunch of bananas at once. It is effective if you have multiple bunches to weigh.
- In bags: This method is effective when you have a lot of bananas to weigh. Put a known number of bananas, either individual or bunches and weigh it. Multiply that weight with the other portioned banana bags.
When measuring the weight of a banana, it is advisable to do it in grams because of the small weight. It will be easier to record, and you may receive a more accurate result.