The stem of the banana plant does not contain woody tissue, which classifies it as a herbaceous plant, or herb. The banana does contain the seeds of the plant though, which sort of also makes it a fruit. But technically, it is a herb.
Asked in Fruits and Vegetables
Why is a banana called an Herb?
I thought it was an herb... The bannana or banana is both a fruit and an herb. A banana is a fruit (containing the seeds of the plant). However, the banana plant, though it is called a 'banana-tree' in popular usage, is technically regarded as a herbaceous plant (or 'herb'), not a tree, because the stem does not contain true woody tissue, thus the plant itself is a herb. ...
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Is the banana tree trunk an herb or tree?
Banana tree is a herb. Although referred to as banana trees, they are not trees at all but a perennial herb. Its trunk is not a true one, but many leaves tightly wrapped around a single stem which emerges at the top as thefruit-bearing flower stalk. ...
Asked in Bananas and Plantains
Is A Banana A Berry Or A Fruit?
it is neither it is a herb. It's a berry that grows on an herb. Alan Davidson, author of The Oxford Companion to Food, says the word herb at its broadest can mean, "a plant whose green parts (usually leaves, sometimes stalks) are used to flavor food." The banana leaf is used in cooking, most often as a wrap in which foods are cooked, but also to impart flavor. In that context also, the banana (plant) can be considered an herb. The banana...