The Banana Museum
Our slow, little white van - first gear a must to pull away - at the Banana Museum
The banana is the common name for herbaceous plants of the genus Musa and for the fruit they produce. Bananas come in a variety of sizes and colors when ripe, including yellow, purple and red. Almost all modern edible parthenocarpic bananas come from the two wild species Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana. The scientific names of bananas are Musa acuminata, Musa balbisiana or hybrids Musa acuminata × balbisiana, depending on their genomic constitution. The old scientific names Musa sapientum and Musa paradisiaca are no longer used. Banana is also used to describe the edible fruits of the Fe'i bananas and Ensete, both of which do not belong to the above classification.
In popular culture and commerce, "banana" usually refers to soft, sweet "dessert" bananas. By contrast, Musa cultivars with firmer, starchier fruit are called plantains. The distinction is purely arbitrary and the terms 'plantain' and 'banana' are sometimes interchangeable depending on their usage. They are native to tropical South and Southeast Asia, and are likely to have been first domesticated in Papua New Guinea. Today, they are cultivated throughout the tropics. They are grown in at least one hundred and seven countries, primarily for their fruit, and to a lesser extent to make fiber, banana wine and as ornamental plants. The Banana Museum was established within the heart of the banana plantations and is a working museum, it shows the history of banana, the various stages of its culture and has about sixty varieties planted in the grounds, so exciting we had to give Michael an ice cream to stop him chewing off his own foot. At least we got him in the traditional "hold the dongle" pose
Anne at least threw herself into the 'pose'. The ice cream of course was banana flavour.