This is what these Little Strings on Bananas are for

Remove the yellow skin from a banana and there they are, haunting you. They run vertically along the fruit, demanding to be removed with precision. They hang lifelessly from the flesh of ripe bananas, but cling mercilessly to less ripe ones. They are never wanted anyway. We’re talking about those annoying white strings on bananas, or more technically, “phloem bundles.”

First of all, those strings on bananas have a name; they are called “phloem packets.” The phloem in a plant ensures the transport of nutrients throughout the plant, from leaves to fruit.

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