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This article is going to be about the one superior fruit, Bananas (in my opinion).

The banana is an edible fruit. The banana is botanically a berry that grows from several flowering plants. These plants are large and herbaceous, having no persistent woody stem that is about the ground and is a part of the genus Musa. At the top of these plants, the fruit grows in clusters of 10 to 20 bananas. Most of the modern seedless bananas come from two different wild banana species, the Musa acuminata, and the Musa balbisiana. Most of the modern cultivated scientific banana names come from both those two species. The Musa species are native to Indomalaya and Australia. The domestication of this plant is likely to have been started in Papua New Guinea. Fossil records have dated that the start of cultivation and domestication of the banana plant was likely to be started in 5000 to 8000 BCE. These bananas are grown in 135 countries and are primarily grown for their fruit and less for the plant. Other countries grow the fruit for producing banana wine and banana beer.

The modern banana can be varied in size, coloration, and firmness. The shape of the fruit is usually elongated and curved. The inside flesh is usually soft that is rich in starch and is covered in a thick rind that can come in many different colorations when ripened. Some of the colorations the rind takes when ripened is green, brown, yellow, red, and purple. In countries that use bananas for cooking, they call them plantains. However, in most countries, there is no clear distinct difference between plantains and bananas. In the US and the UK, they refer to the soft yellow fruit as a banana and the other as plantains. The word “banana” is usually the fruit that is produced and not the plant. This word is also used for the other members in the genus Musa.

The banana plant is the largest herbaceous plant out of the other herbaceous plants. These plants have something called a “corm”, which is a short, swollen stem that serves as a storage organ for the plant when it is hard to find nutrients like in the winter. These plants grow on a stem, that is often mistaken as a tree stem, which is called a pseudostem. The tree’s height ranges from 5 feet to 20 feet. When the plant is mature, they stop producing new leaves and start producing flower spikes that when pollinated, turn into bananas in around 100 to 110 days. As well as producing bananas, the plant also produces a single inflorescence called the “banana heart”. These banana hearts are usually found at the end of the banana clusters.

These fruits have been and are popular around the world. In 2016, the world has produced 100 to 140 million tonnes. The two countries that led the banana production are China and India, covering 28% of the production of bananas. The other countries that lead the banana production market are the Philippines, Ecuador, Brazil, and Indonesia, covering 20% combined.

Bananas have more radiation than most fruit, but not enough to kill you.

That is all about bananas (not).

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