Fresh Bananas (Musa paradisiaca)

The banana plant (Musa paradisiaca) is a huge, perennial herb. Its trunk consists of tightly-wrapped leaf sheaths. Its true stem pushes up from the centre and grows flower spikes or buds. Blossoms grow into upturned ‘fingers’ and there can be as many as twenty in each bunch. Some plants have been in production for a hundred years.

Its fruit was used even before the cultivation of rice.

It is thought to come from East A