By Raymond Gao

A banana is a type of yellow fruit, typically used for cooking or eating raw. Bananas consist of mostly water and contain a moderate amount of nutrients. Bananas are scientifically classified as berries, like many other fruits without berry in their name and unlike a significant number of fruits that are commonly thought of as berries. Bananas are one of the most widely grown and eaten fruits and are a staple food in some parts of the world. Bananas were originally found in the tropical regions of Southeast Asia and are grown now in tropical regions around the world. The modern banana today is known as the Cavendish banana, became the dominant type of banana most widely grown and eaten after previous types have been almost wiped out by disease, and only possible to grow in a few places. Newer diseases in the future may seriously affect current Cavendish bananas, making them impossible to cultivate on a mass scale. Worldwide, millions of tons of bananas are grown each year, most in developing countries and consumed locally. Few bananas are exported and travel long distances.