Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Is a Banana a Fruit or Vegetable?


Are bananas fruits, vegetables or herbs?


Many people all over the world have asked themselves: are they banana fruits? - and with good reason, since they are unique in many aspects.

Banana a Fruit or Vegetable

Are bananas fruits, vegetables or herbs?

Although people have argued that bananas are vegetables because they lack seeds, that is not the case. Not really. Bananas that are grown commercially and distributed throughout the world are sterile, so their seeds are significantly reduced in size. The small brown or black spots that you see in the middle of the banana are the immature seeds. These bananas have been bred specifically to not have seeds, since banana plants in nature have large seeds that make it difficult to eat the fruit.

So, clearly, are not bananas vegetables, but bananas? Or are they herbs? Most people would argue immediately that bananas are fruits, but it turns out that the distinction of a fruit an herb is based partly on the type of stem that the plant contains. Although we refer to the plant where bananas grow like a banana tree, it is not an exact distinction. Banana plants are actually herbaceous plants, and their stems do not contain any woven wood.

Since the classification of foods such as vegetables, fruits and herbs is a bit confusing, and certain foods exist in a gray area between precise categorizations, it is generally accepted that bananas are both fruits and herbs. Basically, the botanical definition of a fruit it makes bananas a fruit, but the botanical definition of an herb makes a banana plant herbaceous.


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