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Banana Trivia Quiz Questions And Answers

Free fun banana trivia quiz questions with answers.

 

Banana Trivia Quiz Questions And Answers

What is a banana?
A: A banana is an edible fruit, botanically a berry produced by several kinds of large herbaceous flowering plants in the genus Musa.

In some countries, bananas used for cooking may be called what?
A: Plantains.

The fruit is variable in size, color and firmness, but is usually elongated and what?
A: Curved.

It has soft flesh rich in starch covered with a rind which may be what color?
A: Green, yellow, red, purple, or brown when ripe.

The fruits grow in "what" hanging from the top of the plant?
A: clusters.

Almost all modern edible seedless bananas come from what two wild species?
A: Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana.

Musa species are native to where?
A: Tropical Indomalaya and Australia.

 

They are likely to have been first domesticated where?
A: In Papua New Guinea.

How many countries are they are grown in?
A: At least 107.

Bananas are primarily grown for their fruit, and to a lesser extent for what?
A: To make fiber, banana wine and banana beer and as ornamental plants.

Worldwide, there is no sharp distinction between what?
A: Bananas and plantains.

In the Americas and Europe, "banana" usually refers to soft, sweet, dessert bananas, particularly those of what group?
A: The Cavendish group.

Musa cultivars have firmer, starchier fruit and are called what?
A: Plantains.

In other regions, such as Southeast Asia, many more kinds of banana are what?
A: Grown and eaten.

 

The term "banana" is also used as the common name for what?
A: The plants which produce the fruit.

This can extend to other members of the genus Musa like what?
A: The scarlet banana (Musa coccinea), pink banana (Musa velutina) and the Fe'i bananas.

The banana plant is the largest what?
A: Herbaceous flowering plant.

All the above-ground parts of a banana plant grow from a structure usually called a what?
A: A "corm".

Plants are normally tall and fairly sturdy, and are often mistaken for what?
A: Trees, but what appears to be a trunk is actually a "false stem" or pseudostem.

Bananas grow in a wide variety of soils, as long as the soil is at least 60 cm deep, has good drainage and is not what?
A: Compacted.

The leaves of banana plants are composed of a "stalk" (petiole) and a what?
A: Blade (lamina).

 

Most cultivated banana plants are about how tall?
A: Around 5 m (16 ft) tall.

What is the height range?
A: From 'Dwarf Cavendish' plants at around 3 m (10 ft) to 'Gros Michel' at 7 m (23 ft) or more.

Leaves are spirally arranged and may grow to what size?
A:  2.7 metres (8.9 ft) long and 60 cm (2.0 ft) wide.

The banana plant's leaves are easily torn by the wind, resulting in what?
A: The familiar frond look.

The banana fruits develop from the banana heart, in a what?
A: A large hanging cluster, made up of tiers (called "hands"), with up to 20 fruit to a tier.

The hanging cluster is known as a what?
A: A bunch, comprising 3–20 tiers.

Individual banana fruits (commonly known as a banana or "finger") average what weight?
A: 125 grams (0.276 lb).

 

In cultivated bananas, the seeds are diminished nearly to non-existence and their remnants are what?
A: Tiny black specks in the interior of the fruit.

Bananas are naturally slightly what?
A: Radioactive.

The banana equivalent dose of radiation is sometimes used in  what?
A: Nuclear communication to compare radiation levels and exposures.

Cavendish bananas are the most common  what?
A: Dessert bananas.

Where did farmers first domesticate bananas?
A: In Southeast Asia and Papua New Guinea.

Recent archaeological and palaeoenvironmental evidence in Papua New Guinea suggests that banana cultivation there goes back to at least when?
A:  5000 BCE, and possibly to 8000 BCE.