Banana plants are in the genus Musa, and the family Musaceae. Banana is the common name for the plant and the fruit. They are native to Southeast Asia. Today, bananas are cultivated throughout the tropics for its fruits, fiber, and as ornamental plants. Most cultivated edible bananas are seedless. Banana plants that are grown as ornamental plants or for their fiber include these plants; Musa Basjoo Sieb, M. Zucc., M. ornate Roxb, and the most common species is M. acuminata Colla.
Often thought of as trees, banana plants are actually a plant that grows from a rhizome or corm. A banana plant is a large herb. Each year after the plant bares fruit, it will die back. As new succulents emerge around the main stem, the oldest will replace the corm in the following year.
Banana plants can reach about twenty to twenty-five feet tall with leaves up to nine feet tall and two feet wide. The leaves grow in a spiral pattern up the juicy stems.
The nutrition in bananas includes the following vitamins and minerals.
Vitamin A, Thiamine (Vit. B1), Riboflavin (Vit. B2), Niacin (Vit. B3), Pantothenic acid (B5), Vitamin B6, Folate (Vit. B9), Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc