The Musa paradisiaca, or the banana tree, is a species cultivated mainly in all tropical countries, but it is native to south-eastern Asia (where it was cultivated already in prehistoric times, while in Europe it came only after 1600). The banana tree is a herbaceous plant with a tree aspect, endowed with a rhizomatous and perennial root system. This dwarf variety has a contained growth.
The fruits are 10 to 30 centimeters long each and are gathered in helmets that weigh from 10 to 50 kg.
The largest producer of the fruit is India, followed by Brazil and China. Ecuador, which is one of the largest exporters in Italy, is in fourth place.
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