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Fun Fact Friday – Bananas Aren’t Trees!

While commonly called Banana ‘Trees’, the members of the Musaceae family are technically herbaceous perennials that form a psuedostem from the leaf sheaths that are tightly packed around each other in layers – almost like the layers of an onion! (or an ogre)

The Musaceae Family includes three main genera, Musa, Musella, and Ensete. Edible varieties are in the Musa genus along with some ornamantal varieties while the Ensete and Musella genera are strictly ornamental.

Each of these genera have their own characteristics but are all referred to as Bananas. Only the Musa genus members produce the fruit we know as Bananas and Plantains, though we will get into the specifics of their origin another day!