Banana is the fruit of some plants in the family Musaceae. It is variable in size and color according to its original plant. The most cultivated bananas are Musa acuminata, Musa balbisiana, and Musa × paradisiaca. Musa species are native to tropical Indomalaya, and, according to archeological finds, are likely to have been first cultivated in Papua New Guinea. In the 15th century, Portuguese sailors started banana plantations in the Atlantic Islands, Brazil, and western Africa.
In cooking, Banana can be widely used. Besides being delicious as a simple fruit, it can also be used to make great dessert, but also first and second courses. For example, banana split, a rich dessert with chocolate and ice cream. Or poached bananas, with dark chocolate, sugar, lemon and crushed almonds, and some rum too.
Fun fact: Banana is excellent source of vitamin B6, soluble fiber, and contain moderate amounts of vitamin C, manganese and potassium.