Bananas

Bananas


Banana plants are the largest plants without a woody stem (they belong to the same family as lilies, orchids, and palms).


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Banana plants are the largest plants on earth without a woody stem. They are actually giant herbs of the same family as lilies, orchids, and palms. Banana plants can grow to heights of up to nine meters and look very much like a tree.

There are more than 500 varieties of banana plants in the world. The most common kinds are Dwarf Cavendish, Valery, and Williams Hybrid bananas. Other types of bananas include Apple and a small red banana called Red Jamaica. A large type of banana called the plantain is hard and starchy and is mostly used as a vegetable in cooking. In Australia, Cavendish and Lady Fingers are the two most popular varieties.


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