A question that regularly comes up is '...just what is a banana...'? It is always found on the supermarket fruit section but the banana is very different to all the other produce displayed there.

The question comes about not just because of the banana unique appearance but also that it doesn't grown on a conventional tree. In fact, the 'tree' is more accurately called a herb.

So, is a banana a fruit or a herb? Well, the answer is both. A banana (the yellow thing you peel and eat) is undoubtedly a fruit as it contains the seeds of the plant. Though since commercially grown banana plants are sterile, the seeds are reduced to little specks.

The banana plant is called a 'banana tree' in popular use, but it's technically regarded as a herbaceous plant (or 'herb'), not a tree, because the stem does not contain true woody tissue. So now you know.

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