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Unformatted text preview: lobally, bananas rank fourth after rice, wheat and maize in human consumption; they are grown in 130 countries worldwide, more than for any other fruit crop. Bananas include many Bananas include many cultivated varieties (cultivars), including the fleshy, nutritious bananas that are peeled and eaten raw, and firm plantains that are fried and roasted like delicious sweet potatoes. Banana trees are not actually trees – they are Banana trees are not actually trees – they are giant herbs. The large stem that is mistaken for a trunk on a banana tree is actually a “pseudostem” meaning “fake stem”. Each pseudostem provides a single bunch of yellow, green, or red bananas. This then dies and is replaced by another pseudostem. Smaller bunches of bananas (such as the ones we buy in shops) are actually called “hands” – not “bunches” which can weigh over 100 pounds. The bananas that we eat are specially cultivated to exclude seeds – therefore you can’t plant a banana tree from a commercially grown banana. Wild bananas have many large hard s...
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This document was uploaded on 03/10/2014 for the course AGRO 1001 at LSU.
- Fall '11