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January 17, 2014 at 8:15 am

The Chiquita Banana Song

It’s hard to imagine a time when bananas were an exotic fruit. Today, the average American eats 27 pounds of bananas every year, more than apples and oranges combined. Yet in the 1940s, Chiquita Banana developed their now famous jingle to show Americans just how to eat and store this exotic yellow fruit.

At its peak, the song graced the airwaves of the United States 376 times a day. In 1999, the company even updated the lyrics (while retaining the original tune) to highlight the nutritional benefits of bananas. Like many sequels, it just can’t beat the original.

There’s only one thing you need to remember – never put bananas in your refrigerator.

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-Tove K. Danovich