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You cannot escape the view of banana plantations on La Palma. Yet I found it challenging to take a good photo of a banana plantation. For the protection from the wind some sections of plantations are frequently wrapped around which obstructs the view. I decided to focus on the fruit or as they say in English, I decided literally to “pick the low hanging fruit”. I am sure you already know that the banana tree is actually not a tree but did you know that the plant is actually a herb while its fruit is technically a berry? I have actually understood how the ovary of female flower of banana turns into fruit only after my return home from La Palma. See this scheme to get some orientation. In my photo here you can spot the old purple bracts (something corresponding to petals) folded up while the flower ovaries turning into fruit emerge from below them. The actual flower keeps growing down releasing more and more layers of the fruit. Sadly, I didn’t capture here the bottom end of the flower.

Bananas belong to the most important crops in the world, it is the most popular fruit. 40% of La Palma population works in banana industry. Canarian bananas, Platano de Canarias, are supposedly much more healthy than their South American cousins due to the high level of minerals and vitamins, I guess thanks to the rich volcanic soil.

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