The bulk of banana production in South Africa occurs in the area between Port Shepstone and Port Edward in the KwaZulu-Natal, or "Garden," province. The warmer coastal strip north of Durban is particularly suitable for banana cultivation, with the area north of Mtubatuba/St. Lucia being the most ideal, although cultivation has yet to take hold widely.Know More
Although maize is the staple crop in South Africa, bananas and plantains are an important secondary crop and a staple food in other parts of Africa. Bananas are tropical plants, however, and all of South Africa is sub-tropical. The lack of an ideal climate severely limits production potential. Cold winters can cause "choke-throat" deformities of banana bunches. The cold-hardy "Williams" cultivar is highly recommended for use in cooler subtropical regions. Short cultivars such as "Dwarf Cavendish" should not be grown in cool areas due to their susceptibility to choke throat.
Bananas are an excellent staple food. The energy source in bananas is predominantly from the starches and sugars. During the ripening process the starch levels fall from over 20% to around 1% and the sugars rise from around 1% to over 20%. This high sugar concentration is unusual in a fresh fruit and the banana supplies double the energy per unit mass than the pear or apple.Learn more about Food Facts
South Africa is famous for its former president, Nelson Mandela, Kruger National Park and a variety of gem stones and minerals. Approximately 50 percent of the world's gold reserves are located in South Africa. The country is also the third largest exporter of coal in the world, in addition to being one of the world's leading producers of diamonds. This includes the rare 25.5 carat blue diamond discovered in 2014.Full Answer >
The Republic of South Africa became independent in 1961, making the country 54 years old as of 2015. The first European colonists were the Dutch, who founded Cape Town on April 7, 1652. However, native inhabitants lived in the area long before then.Full Answer >
The nickname of South Africa's international football, or soccer, team is Bafana Bafana. This nickname comes from a Zulu saying that translates more or less to "the lads" or "our boys."Full Answer >
"Veld" is a name given to many types of open country in South Africa that are used as pastures or farmland. South Africa has many types of velds depending on their climate.Full Answer >