Monday, August 20, 2007


Banana is the common name used for herbaceous foliage of the genus Musa, and is also the name given to the fruit of these plants. They are resident to the tropical region of Southeast Asia, the Malay Archipelago, and Australia. They are cultivated primarily for their fruit, and to a lesser level for the production of fibre and as ornamental plants. Because of their size and structure, banana plants are often wrong for trees. The main or upright growth is called a pseudostem, which for some species can gain a height of up to 2–8 m, with leaves of up to 3.5 m in length. Each pseudostem produces a single group of bananas, before dying and being replaced by a new pseudostem.
Bananas are grown in 132 countries worldwide, additional than any other fruit crop. In popular culture and commerce, banana usually refers to soft, sweet dessert bananas that are usually eaten raw. The bananas from a collection of cultivars with firmer, starchier fruit are generally used in cooking rather than eaten raw. Bananas may also be dried up and ground into banana flour. Although the wild species have fruits with numerous large, hard seeds, virtually all culinary bananas have unplanted fruits. Bananas are classified any as dessert bananas or as green cooking bananas.


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