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Banana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


** Banana **

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For the plant genus to which bananas belong, see /Musa/ (genus). For other
uses, see Banana (disambiguation).
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A banana plant on Banana Island in Luxor, Egypt

A *banana* is an edible fruit produced by several kinds of large herbaceous
flowering plants of the genus /Musa/.^[1] (In some countries, bananas used
for cooking may be called plantains.) The fruit is variable in size, color
and firmness, but is usually elongated and curved, with soft flesh rich in
starch covered with a rind which may be yellow, purple or red when ripe.
The fruits grow in clusters hanging from the top of the plant. Almost all
modern edible parthenocarpic (seedless) bananas come from two wild species
– /Musa acuminata/ and /Musa balbisiana/. The scientific names of most
cultivated bananas are /Musa acuminata/, /Musa balbisiana/, and /Musa/ ×
/paradisiaca/ for the hybrid /Musa acuminata/ × /M. balbisiana/,
depending on their genomic constitution. The old scientific name /Musa
sapientum/ is no longer used.

/Musa/ species are native to tropical South and Southeast Asia, and are
likely to have been first domesticated in Papua New Guinea.^[2]^[3] They
are grown in at least 107 countries,^[4] primarily for their fruit, and to
a lesser extent to make fiber, banana wine and as ornamental plants. In
2013 bananas were fourth among the main world food crops (after rice, wheat
and maize) in financial value.^[5]

Worldwide, there is no sharp distinction between "bananas" and "plantains".
Especially in the Americas and Europe, "banana" usually refers to soft,
sweet, dessert bananas, particularly those of the Cavendish group, which
are the main exports from banana-growing countries. By contrast, /Musa/
cultivars with firmer, starchier fruit are called


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