A banana is both a fruit and an herb. The banana itself is considered a fruit because it contains small seeds. The banana plant or tree is classified as an herb due to the lack stringy tissue in the stem, and it can grow to a height of 15 feet.
Eating bananas is good for one’s health. They are a great source of vitamins B6 and C as well as potassium and fiber. Bananas are grown in more humid parts of the world, as the plant requires 10 to 15 months without frost in order to produce the fruit itself.
Bananas are one of the biggest fruit crops in the world, and they come in nearly 1,000 varieties which are then divided into 50 subgroups. The most popular type of banana is the Cavendish. This single variety comes in several forms, such as the Lacatan, which can grow to 12 to 18 feet, the Robusta and Giant Cavendish, which can grow up to 10 to 16 feet, and the Dwarf Cavendish, which grows to 4 to 7 feet.
Bananas should be selected by peel color. If the peel is entirely yellow, the banana should be eaten promptly. A banana is ripe if flecks are present on the peel.