“BANANAS ARE A FRUIT”
It’s another ‘is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable?’ debate. Botanically, a fruit is defined as a seed-bearing structure that develops from the flowering plants of a woody tree or bush. The evolutionary purpose for this structure is to entice animals to eat the juicy sweet or sour fruit, helping to spread the seeds in their waste, thereby helping plants reproduce.
The humble banana, however, does not encapsulate its seeds around a fleshy fruit. Instead, the small black seeds (the little dots in the middle) are within the banana’s flesh, making it more of a berry, which they would be classified as if their seeds were fertile. Since bananas have been commercially grown the seeds do not mature, and the ‘tree’ a banana grows on doesn’t contain true woody tissue, making them a simple herb.
Bananas grow in what are known as ‘hands’