Somehow, a while back, I found out that banana plants were actually giant herbs. I told this to some people and they ridiculed me.
‘Giant herbs?’ they said. ‘You’re making stuff up.’
‘It’s true!’ I cried. ‘I’ll show you. Let’s look it up on Wikipedia.’
Wikipedia is, of course, the fount of all knowledge. Imagine my distress, then, when there was no mention of ‘herb’ in Wikipedia’s banana article.*
‘But it’s true…’ I said plaintively.
‘Yeah, yeah,’ they said.
I started doubting my previous conviction.
Unexpectedly, while visiting the Palm House at Kew Gardens, I received long overdue vindication.
Yap passed on some more interesting banana facts.
He said, ‘There is a disease killing all the bananas, you know. It’s gradually reducing the worldwide banana production.’
‘Really?’ I said. ‘I didn’t know that! It must be because all the bananas are clones of each other.’
Yap nodded. ‘In fact, due to this disease, some experts have announced that we have reached peak production.’ He paused. ‘It’s peak banana**.’
* The Wikipedia article on bananas now does have a reference to it growing from ‘herbaceous plants’ in the first line. I swear this wasn’t there when looked.