Essay on The Banana Plant

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Bananas are the fruit of a plant of the genus Musa, which are cultivated primarily for food, and secondarily for the production of fibers. It is alleged that there are almost 1000 varieties of bananas in the world, subdivided in 50 groups (Bora, 2007). The most generally known banana is the seedless Cavendish variety, which is the one produced for export markets and pronounced for consuming. The banana is the fruit of an herbaceous plant related to the orchid family and is most commonly found in tropical climate areas which become an exotic product of cold environment zones.
The banana is believed to have originated in Southeast Asia and Malaysia, and cultivation could have started as early as 8000 BCE. The professionals believe that
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Bananas are cultivated in more than 170 countries around the world and play a significant role in the economy of developing countries (Bora, 2007).
The banana is considered one of the super foods in health because it is low in calories and fat, high in vitamin B6, and easy to digest. It also contains fiber, vitamin C, potassium and magnesium, and is therefore referred to, as holistic food. Bananas can be very effective for patients suffering from anemia, blood pressure, constipation, depression, heartburn, stress. They are also found to be valuable in enhancing brain power (Hirst, 2007). Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose and combined with fiber, a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for an active 90-minute workout. Bananas' health benefits make it one of the most nutritious fruits in the world and an added bonus is the delicious taste. Banana plants can grow in various climatic conditions, but commercial banana plantations are primarily found in equatorial regions, in banana exporting countries. The four leading banana export countries worldwide are Ecuador, Costa Rica, Philippines, and Colombia. In total there are over 130 countries worldwide that produce bananas through plantations (PLU, 2007). They grow the fruit,

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