Student peels skin on huge banana to find rare double-barrelled fruit

When Tom Symes picked up a bunch of bananas from Tesco, he didn’t notice one of them was much bigger than the others as it was hidden in the middle of the bunch.

After eating the others at the front, he eventually came to giant piece of fruit and he was scared the size was because it was rotten or there were spiders eggs inside.

Instead, the 24-year-old was surprised to find a rare ‘double-barrelled’ banana with two fingers inside the skin.

He ate one of them, but shared the other one with his mum.

The student said: ‘I was immediately astonished by its girth. Upon opening, it was revealed to be a double banana in one skin.

‘I was surprised and dumbfounded at first. I thought it might have been a bit rotten so I was glad to see there were no spiders’ eggs inside.’

Tom, from Horsham, West Sussex, bought the banana from his local Tesco at Broadbridge Heath on Friday.

Tom said: ‘I didn’t realise what I had in my basket until I got it home. When I opened it I saw that the bit where they joined in the middle was really weird. It was completely flat.

‘I was sceptical about eating it, but then I thought “waste not want not” and I gave the other one to my mum.

‘We found it funny at first, but then realised it was still just a banana at the end of the day.’

Although rare, twins can occur in fruit as well as in animals, which Tom didn’t know, despite studying environmental goverance.

According to experts around 5% of bananas can grow into ‘double fingers’ but most are discarded.

While double bananas are understood to be very rare, in extremely rare cases four finger bananas can grow.

He said: ‘I felt bad for not preserving it. Nature does weird things, I’m sure there’s weirder than this though.’

Tom had recently finished his masters degree and he is currently applying for a job, so far without success, and he had hoped the banana might bring him some luck.

He said: ‘After I opened the double banana someone told me it was good luck, but I didn’t get any good luck from it.

‘In fact, that weekend a seagull pooped on my head on a trip to Brighton. It was hardly the best of luck. But then again, that’s supposed to be good luck too.’

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