What is a banana?

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.

What is a banana
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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