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Banana

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Banana-Na Na Na Banana | Fruit Songs | Pinkfong Songs for Children

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Top 10 Health Benefits of Bananas

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10 Facts About Bananas That Make The Fruit More Interesting

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Banana Fruit Rhyme for Children, Banana Cartoon Fruits Song for Kids

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Three Year Bananas - Growing dwarf banana trees in your garden

A banana is an edible fruit – botanically a berry – produced by several kinds of large herbaceous flowering plants in the genus Musa. In some countries, bananas used for cooking may be called "plantains", distinguishing them from dessert bananas. The fruit is variable in size, color, and firmness, but is usually elongated and curved, with soft flesh rich in starch covered with a rind, which may be green, yellow, red, purple, or brown when ripe. The fruits grow in clusters hanging from the top of the plant. Almost all modern edible seedless (parthenocarp) bananas come from two wild species – Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana. The scientific names of most cultivated bananas are Musa acuminata, Musa balbisiana, and Musa × paradisiaca for the hybrid Musa acuminata × M. balbisiana, depending on their genomic constitution. The old scientific name Musa sapientum is no longer used.
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  • Etymology 

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  • Historical cultivation 

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