I have just finished eating a Fyffes banana grown in Costa Rica. They were certified by the Rainforest Alliance and were sold as ‘Ripe, snack size bananas’ and a very appropriate name it was. In our fruit bowl we also have ‘organic Fairtrade bananas fro the Dominican Republic cutesy of the EEC at least until brexit by which time they will be well overripe.
This encouraged me to dig out an old post with photos from Kew in 2010. I was in the middle of a series of posts on fruit trees from exotic climes and realise that the Banana didn’t quite fit. Bananas are herbs and do not grow on trees. The stem, can grow quite tall in some species and is really just matted together leaves.
Therefore I offered some of my photographs to show different varieties of Banana growing in Kew hot house and Madeira.
Read these articles for more information.
Other Musa Species and Genra
- Plantains are a cooking variety of Musa and a member of the banana family
- Wild banana species, Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana generally have seeds but cultivated bananas are almost always sterile and seedless
- Wiki as usual has an authoritative list of Bananas and an explanation of their classification.
- The false banana or ensete is a member of the Musa genra