Banana trees aren’t actually trees – they’re giant herbs.

July 12th, 2010. Tags: , , , .

Banana trees are not actually trees – they are giant herbs.

The large stem that is mistaken for a trunk on a banana tree is actually a “pseudostem” meaning “fake stem”. Each pseudostem provides a bunch of yellow, green, or red bananas. This then dies and is replaced by another pseudostem. Smaller bunches of bananas (such as the ones we buy in shops) are actually called “hands” – not “bunches” which can weigh up to 50 kilograms. The bananas that we eat are specially cultivated to exclude seeds – therefore you can’t plant a banana tree from a commercially grown banana. Wild bananas have many large hard seeds.

For more wild facts about bananas, go to

Leave a Reply

Log In »