Where It Grows
Banana stems evolve from banana trees which are originated from primarily the Indo-Malaysian region. Today, most bananas are grown in tropical regions like South America, Central America and the Caribbean, as well as the United States.
How it Grows
A banana plant grows from a root sort of like a tulip bulb. The plant grows rapidly and can reach its full height of 20 – 40 feet in about nine months. The “trunk” of the plant is actually made up of closely packed leaves wrapped around each other. After growing for about 6 to 8 months, the plant will have a nice crown of leaves. At this point, a flowering stem emerges from the top and a large bud begins to develop.
As the bud unfolds, it reveals double rows of tiny flowers. Each of these flowers will become an individual banana, or a “finger.” Each row of bananas is called a “hand” and is made up of 14 – 20 fingers. Because the stem will grow about 9 – 12 hands that means up to 240 bananas per plant.
Did you know?
- Nowadays even doctors recommend including banana stem in the diet, for patients who suffer from gall bladder stones.
- Banana stem is full of fiber, a cup of banana stem is very filling and will keep you satiated for a long time.
- Banana stem is excellent for diabetics, as it does not raise the blood sugar level sharply but drink the juice without straining it to retain the fiber.
- Banana stem juice is also very effective for treating urinary tract infections.
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