Banana Facts

That yellow starchy sweet fruit which has over 400 varieties around the world and is one of the world's top-selling fruit that even outranks the apple and orange, yes it is the banana: a nutritious fruit which can be eaten in more ways than one has many uses.

According to www.homecooking.about.com, bananas do not grow on trees; the term banana "tree" is a perennial herb. The trunk is not a true trunk of a tree, but instead consists of many leaves wrapped around a single stem tightly, which emerges at the top as the fruit-bearing flower stalk. Botanically classified as a berry, the banana is from the same family as cardamom, ginger and turmeric. Although most banana plantations renew their stock every 10 to 20 years, some banana trees can even continue to produce fruit for up to 100 years.

As stated by the International Banana Association (www.eatmorebananas.com ), bananas are a good ...Read more »
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