The Banana Tree: The Fruit Tree with the Highest Yield
Believed to be the world’s first fruit, the banana tree has over 10,000 years of history.
A year-round tree, the banana tree is the best choice.
Given the right environment and climate, this tree can produce food and a wide variety of edible and usable parts for your family.
What’s Edible and Useful?
Banana trees are actually perennial herbs. Comprised of a succulent “pseudostem”, the leaf sheaths can grow up to 25 feet in height. Once your tree fruits after nine months, this is when “suckers”, or infant banana plants, begin to grow from around the base of the parent plant. These suckers can be removed and transplanted to grow new banana trees. Therefore, although the parent tree dies back, it can be cloned AND the original tree continues its growth cycle. With over a thousand different species of banana trees, a wise homeowner can grow their own banana orchard on their homestead within a few years.
Banana flowers, banana stems, and banana peels are all edible. One can pick them and enjoy them raw, or cook and prepare them with other dishes to add wonderful nutrients and flavor accents. As the original staple in a paleo diet, the banana is gluten-free. With desserts and lunches traditionally packed in banana leaves, nature’s food wraps last about 7-10 days. Used for thousands of years, banana leaves make for excellent food containers.
As the highest fruit-producing fruit tree in the world, the banana tree is the best selection for a homestead in a tropical climate.
The extended utility of this tree/succulent/herb is simply legendary.
Extended Points Excluded:
- Medicinal Properties
- Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine