Legend of the Sticky Bug

Sticky Bug
This is Steve Heffernan’s explanation for why unripe bananas are so sticky and not sweet at all.

Apparently bananas serve as host to colonies of minuscule sticky bugs, which feed off all that sticky, bitter syrup in the unripe banana’s peel and, well, excrete sugar. So as the banana matures, the colony continues to grow and convert unpleasantness to happy yumminess.

(The facts are not quite clear on whether the colony ever leaves the banana, or if you get to eat them too as an added bonus.)

2 thoughts on “Legend of the Sticky Bug

  1. So awesome. I can’t believe it’s been 2 years.

    Later research revealed that as the stickiness subsides the sticky bugs begin to die of starvation. The more ripe the banana you’re eating is, the lower the ratio of live sticky bugs to sticky bug carcasses.

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