Bananasarethe worldsbestsellingfruit

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Unformatted text preview: s fruit in terms of value. Before the turn of the last Before the turn of the last century, most people in North America had never seen, let alone eaten, a banana. By last year, per­ capita banana consumption had risen to an average of 33 pounds per person. Americans eat more Americans eat more bananas than any other fruit: a total of 11 billion a year. Americans consume an Americans consume an annual average of 25­31 pounds of bananas per person. Bananas are the world's best­selling fruit, outranking apples and oranges. The average American consumes over 28 pounds of bananas each year. Bananas and plantains Bananas and plantains are grown in every humid tropical region and constitute the 4th largest fruit crop of the world. Musa acuminata Colla, M. X paradisiaca L. BANANA is the name for several species BANANA is the name for several species of the genus Musa and for the fruits these produce. A banana plant is an herb, which because of its size and structure, is often mistaken for a tree. G...
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