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Banana Musa

FAMILY: MUSACEAE (Banana Family)

"The most delicious thing in the world is a banana," said English statesman Benjamin Disraeli in 1831. While we like bananas a bunch, we think Disraeli may have slipped up. There are other things people go bananas for (such as banana splits, for example)! All the same, let's give bananas their due. Soon after Columbus discovered America, the banana was brought from the Canary Islands to the New World. Today, the nutritious fruit has become so widespread that it is one of the world's most important food crops, especially varieties of Musa sapientum , which produce the bananas that we buy at the grocery store.