Photos: Flowering Banana Tree

Today’s photos show the flower and fruit of our neighbour’s banana tree. the bananaI read that banana plants are the largest plants on earth without a woody stem. They are actually giant herbs of the same family as lilies, orchids, and palms.

The banana flower is a large, dark purple-red blossom that is seen at the end of a bunch of bananas; it is also called the banana heart. The banana heart consist of several flowers that develop into bananas. the banana the banana The banana heart is edible and eaten as a vegetable; however in Jamaica, we throw the banana hearts away.

Here are a couple pictures of the female flowers which have petals and other flower parts at the tip of the ovary. the banana the banana the bananaThe word ‘banan’ is the Arabic word for finger; and for each cluster or bunch of bananas there are several tiers or hands. Each hand of banana contains individual fingers or bananas. the bananaI understand that because of the potassium content found in bananas, these fruits are naturally slightly radioactive, more than most other fruits. Regardless, they are a favourite for most persons all around the world.

Final photos: a hand of ripen bananas hanging from cluster.the banana the banana

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