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We have so many different shapes, colours, sizes, textures, and flavours of Bananas and are the most popular and most consumed fruit in this country.

The banana “tree” is not a tree; it is a herb that grows up to 10 feet. Its trunk does not develop persistent woody tissue, but is instead composed of tightly packed leaf sheaths.

Bananas are classified as berries as they are stemming from one flower with one ovary. A berry typically has several seeds. Have you ever examined the tiny seeds of a banana?

The difference between a “banana” and a “plantain” is that the banana is considered a “dessert variety” of the genus Musa, while a plantain is considered a “cooking variety” of the same genus.

29 varieties of Bananas grow in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan banana varieties can be divided into three main groups:

The most popular group is mysore. These are the small bright yellow bananas that are available everywhere. They are very sweet & slightly sour.

The well-known banana of the Kolikuttu group is the red banana. These bananas are the stout, plump, and blunt-ended with a creamy sweet taste. These are mustard yellow in colour.

Cavendish group is what you know. These are the Bananas you get at home. Curved, thin and long with green yellow skin But they taste a lot better as our bananas ripen on the tree and do not get picked when they are half ripe.

The largest banana in Sri Lanka belongs to the Cavendish group. Each NETHRAPALAM banana could be up to 12 inches long, and weigh between two to four pounds. This verity is certainly less common, it is by far the easiest to recognise, and the hardest to consume on your own in one sitting..

Banana is a non- seasonal fruit which is widely available throughout the year. No matter when you come, we are never short of Bananas.

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