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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
The fruit is variable in size,
color and firmness, but is
usually elongated and what?
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
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
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
A: The scarlet banana (Musa coccinea), pink banana (Musa velutina) and the Fe'i
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?
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
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?
The banana equivalent dose of radiation is sometimes used
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
A: 5000 BCE, and possibly to 8000 BCE.