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199908ddFa_EL_000=_MG_0000_Banana_fruiting-Kamiali-Papua New Guinea_EL+PS.tif
A bunch of bananas in village garden - Kamiali Village, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea.  //    The vertical nature of the fruit in this plant indicates that genes from wild bananas from the lowland forests of Papua New Guinea may be in the genome of this individual plant. Many species of wild bananas occur in the region from south-east Asia to New Guinea, where they have been cultivated in highland and lowland village gardens for hundreds of years.   //  Edible Banana - Musaceae: ?Musa acuminata x M. balbisiana? - Height to 8m. leaves to 3m x 60cm width.  Biodiversity for bananas centres on south-east Asia through Indonesia  to New Guinea, where wild varieties can be seen in lowland rainforests.  Spread occurred very early in human history, ultimately westwards to almost all Islamic countries, and on into Africa, and east throughout the Pacific islands. Two main food varieties occur - 'sweet' banana, edible with a sweet flavour and smooth texture, high in sugar content; and 'cooking' banana or Plantain, low in sugar content, and very starchy with coarser, astringent flesh which makes the mouth pucker. The latter are usualy boiled or roasted before they can be eaten.   World-wide, a staple in the diets of many third world countries.  //