The banana is one of the oldest cultivated plants worldwide. The banana comes from South East Asia, where she was already known 8000 years ago. In the middle of the 16th century the banana made it to the Caribbean and South America. There are more than 1000 known varieties. Many varieties are virtually unknown in Europe. Most of them do not even reach the world market, they get eaten right away. A distinction is made between fruit-, vegetable- and textile bananas. In Europe the fruit banana is mostly known, those can be bought in the supermarket. Vegetable bananas are especially in Africa and in parts of Asia one of their staple foods. Bananas have an equal status for them as potatoes have for us. Textile bananas should not be eaten – their leaves are used for the textile production.


The regularly consumption of bananas helps to reduce cholesterol, avoids muscular cramps, regulates the nervous system (irritability, stress etc. can be alleviated), avoids morning sickness, and much more…


The word „banana“ comes from the Arabic and means „finger“.