One of the most recognisable fruits in the world is the banana, or Musa sp. Very few other fruits share its detectable shape, colour, texture and most of all, flavour. Loaded with vitamins and nutrients, the banana is also considered a healthy snack, like many other fruits.
Native to the tropics of India, Southeast Asia and Northern Australia, the banana was first introduced to the tropics of the Americas by Portuguese sailors. It is now widely cultivated for export in Central America, and can be grown as a garden plant in tropic to sub-tropic climates.
Most bananas that are farmed for production today are propagated by vegetative cuttings rather than grown from seed. The plants are considered sterile and parthenocarpic (seedless).
Bananas prefer to be grown in organically rich, well-drained soils, and prefer full sun with a bit of afternoon shade to be their happiest. They like medium amounts of water and are considered heavy feeders, so they do require more fertiliser. It does take a few years from its first leaves to produce fruit, but it will continue to produce fruit year round given the right conditions.
The banana is actually considered an herb and not a tree and is closely related to ginger. This is because it has a succulent stem that is made up of its leaf bases. Named after Antonia Musa, a Roman physician of the first century B.C., the banana has become well hybridised and has many different cultivars to choose from.
In Camana Bay, the banana can be found in Heliconia Court, and is easy to identify due to its fleshy and herbaceous oblong leaves and, of course, bananas. If you do plan to plant a banana, remember that it needs a lot
of space and does not like to be crowded among other plants or other bananas.
Do not to store bananas next to other ripening fruit because they will make the other fruit ripen faster due to the high emission of ethylene gas as the bananas ripen. Or, if you are trying to get something to ripen more quickly, put it in a paper bag with a banana.