No Bananas on a Boat

Science or superstition?

Boaters are among the most superstitious people on the planet because there are so many hazards at sea.

You may have heard the saying, “No bananas on a boat,” but do you know where the rule originated?

Instead of superstition, you may be surprised to learn there is a scientific reason to keep bananas off of a boat, especially if you’re storing any other fresh produce.

Bananas give off ethylene, a gas naturally produced by plants to trigger leaves to turn yellow and fall off during certain seasons like winter.

Bananas give off more ethylene than your average fruit, so much in fact that storing bananas with other produce will cause other fruits and vegetables to ripen prematurely and spoil.

Today, cruise ships store bananas in separate food lockers, equipped with systems than vent the ethylene gas safety away from other stored foods.

Ancient mariners learned this lesson the hard way and passed down the rule, “No bananas on a boat”.

Boaters may not known the science, but in this case, the superstition may save their meal.

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