Bananas how to grow them and the benefits

Bananas grow on tree in bunches.
Bananas grow on tree in bunches. | Source

Bananas are a great food for snacks, for people on diets, for college student who are studying and generally a great treat if you want to avoid sweets.

Bananas are mass produced in hot countries

Banana trees are a mass production business. They only grow bananas in hot warm tropical climates.

If you do live in an area that has hot weather all year round, you could experiment and try to grow your own banana tree. You might or might not have some success.


Growing bananas at home

If you decide to grown bananas at home in your own garden there are some rules you must follow.

  • You will need to use a very good fertilizer.

  • You need to keep the soil moist at all times.

  • You need to protect it from any cold weather and frost especially if your climate experiences there a few weeks a years.

If you don't do these things then your banana plant will most likely not succeed.

Do you eat bananas

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History of the Banana Tree

Mass produced banana trees can produce bananas for many many years. However to keep getting a good harvest, the planter would try to replant new trees after ever 10 - 20 years to keep the crop healthy.

Bananas are actually a perennial herb, not a fruit which is what we all refer to it as. When the banana plant starts to grow the first step is that new leaves will start growing from the inside of the trunk and from below ground level. They will emerge from the centre of the tree and then the the flower emerges which is where the bananas come from.


The stages involved in growing a banana

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Just like all other plants the banana tree also starts off with green leaves as it starts to grow.A flower will emerge from the banana plant first before the bananas emerge.Bananas grow from a tree and hang downwards.Once the flower has emerged it's just takes some times for the bananas to start coming out.Once the bananas are fully grown they are cut down and harvested.The bananas are transported around the world too be sold in grocery stores to consumers.
Just like all other plants the banana tree also starts off with green leaves as it starts to grow.
Just like all other plants the banana tree also starts off with green leaves as it starts to grow. | Source
A flower will emerge from the banana plant first before the bananas emerge.
A flower will emerge from the banana plant first before the bananas emerge. | Source
Bananas grow from a tree and hang downwards.
Bananas grow from a tree and hang downwards. | Source
Once the flower has emerged it's just takes some times for the bananas to start coming out.
Once the flower has emerged it's just takes some times for the bananas to start coming out. | Source
Once the bananas are fully grown they are cut down and harvested.
Once the bananas are fully grown they are cut down and harvested. | Source
The bananas are transported around the world too be sold in grocery stores to consumers.
The bananas are transported around the world too be sold in grocery stores to consumers. | Source

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Facts about the banana

  • The banana plant can take up to 9 months to grow.

  • It can then take another 2-3 months for the fruit to grow and fully ripen.

  • The hotter the climate the faster the growth of the banana will be.

  • Crop of bananas is often referred to as hands as they look like the fingers on our hand.

  • When we buy our bananas we refer to them as a bunch.

How bananas plants regrow from old plant

When bananas are harvested, the main plant that they were harvested from will die, but is does leave side shoots behind.

These shoots are now the beginning of a new plant for the following years harvest.

Bananas are grown from underground in a rhizome ( this is a continuous root that keeps growing) which is referred to as a corm (like a giant bulb).

So if you ever want to grow your own bananas first you must have the climate and secondly you must buy a tree as if you eat bananas you will notice there are no seeds inside the fruit.

Bananas for sale on a stall.
Bananas for sale on a stall. | Source

We see bananas on our supermarket all year round.

We never think, how did it get there. Bananas has so many benefits for our health.

The are high in potassium, sucrose, glucose and fructose.

As well as being great as a quick snack, you can also add them to various dishes like breads and deserts.

While we here in the Western part of the world love yellow bananas, in fact bananas should be eaten when they are green.




There are lot of ways to eat bananas

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Banana splits are popular dessert with children.Bananas can also be served with other fruit and cream as a light dessert after dinner.Banana and chocolate are a great combination in a cake.
Banana splits are popular dessert with children.
Banana splits are popular dessert with children. | Source
Bananas can also be served with other fruit and cream as a light dessert after dinner.
Bananas can also be served with other fruit and cream as a light dessert after dinner. | Source
Banana and chocolate are a great combination in a cake.
Banana and chocolate are a great combination in a cake. | Source

Banana Facts

  • Bananas are great for eating as a snack to give you energy and help you in those stressful times as they are high in Vitamin B.

  • Bananas contain a type of protein called tryptophan which our body will convert into serotonin, a chemical which makes our bodies feel relaxed and help you feel happier, say goodbye to SAD condition.

  • Bananas contain Potassium which is believed to help lower blood pressure.

  • Bananas help with heartburn, so when you are suffering from it the next time, don't reach for Gaviscon, try a banana.

  • Bananas help reduce water retention.

© 2011 Sp Greaney

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sangre 3 years ago from Ireland Author

@ twig22bend, me too. Sadly Ireland doesn't have the weather for it. We're lucky if we get 2 weeks of sunshine that's over 22 degree celsius a year. :)


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twig22bend 3 years ago

How interesting. I love bananas. I would love to try to grow a banana tree.

Thanks for sharing.


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sangre 4 years ago from Ireland Author

@tonymead60, good luck on your mission. :) Will drop by some of your hubs too. I make banana bread too as use it as snack substitute. Thanks for stopover.


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tonymead60 4 years ago from Yorkshire

Sangre, I'm on a mission to visit all who have followed me. I think it is something we all should do.

Nice hub, I like bananas with anything as a desert or in cooking, I often add them to my bread making, which makes the bread extra yummy. I also use the funny purple flower in dishes, just for something different.

You've added some interesting facts i.e. about them being a herb rather than a fruit.

I once went to a really interesting presentation on a plantation in Tenerife, an island famous for its bananas.

voted up and interesting.

with respect

Tony


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sangre 5 years ago from Ireland Author

@ Eiddwen, thanks for you comment. Really appreicate your thoughts.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Very interesting and well presented. I look forward to reading many more by you.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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sangre 5 years ago from Ireland Author

@ cheneats, it's good to know. Might give it a try next time I'm having a smoothie.


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cheneats 5 years ago from Sunshine State

Absolutely not noticeable at all once it is in the smoothies. The sweetness of ripe banana pulp masks any unpleasant flavor from the peel as in green smoothies.


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sangre 5 years ago from Ireland Author

@ cheneats, I've never heard of eating the banana peel, but I suppose ones it's pulsed you wouldn't notice.


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cheneats 5 years ago from Sunshine State

Hello Sangre, thank you for sharing. I eat banana every day and have banana trees in my backyard, too. This year I try eating banana peels and they taste good in smoothies. Check http://hubpages.com/food/I-Eat-Banana-Peels


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sangre 5 years ago from Ireland Author

@ Russell-D, thanks for your tip. Never knew that.

@ Ancillotti, thanks for your comment. Appreciate your feedback.


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Ancillotti 5 years ago from Brasil, Vitoria - ES

Hello, sangre! Great Hub, banana is my favorite fruit, so I love reading about it. Its hub was very informative, congrats!

Cheers!


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Russell-D 5 years ago from Southern Ca.

Another reason for the licorice lover in your family. The potassium in the bananas balances the licorice intake. David Russell


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sangre 5 years ago from Ireland Author

@ Thelma Alberts, your so lucky you can just go out and pick one, very handy instead of having to go to the supermarket.

@ Ralloni, I agreed, I eat way to much of them, but they are tasty and so handy for a quick snack.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

We are banana nuts. Thanks for a very appealing hub! :)

Voted up and useful.


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

Hello sangre! It is a very informative hub and very useful. I did not know that bananas are perennial herbs. I only know that they are very healthy and once I get hungry of banana, I only have to harvest it in our backyard in the Philippines. I did not think much about it. Now I know. Thanks for sharing.

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