Banana - Fruit


Bananas are in the shape of a long curving cylinder. The bottom end narrows to a point and the top end has a thick stem that attaches the fruit to the inflorescence stalk.  A small group of bananas is termed "hands".  Hands are collectively known as "bunches". Banana skin is smooth and thick, and often has a few vertical ridges that run the length of the fruit. The flesh is creamy white and soft.

Bananas are usually yellow (green when unripe), but there are also red and brown cultivars. This red cultivar is smaller and stubbier than the yellow banana.

  

Bananas grow in large bunches near the top of banana plants.

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