Bananas are an important and economical fruit crop of many tropical and subtropical regions of India, and stem from a herbaceous plant known as 'Musa.'

Bananas are an excellent source of vitamin B6, soluble fibre, and contain moderate amounts of vitamin C, manganese and potassium. Consumption of bananas is known to reduce risk of colorectal cancer, breast cancer and renal cell carcinoma. It is also known to reduce heartburn, stroke, and help counter stress and insomnia.
    Cavendish bananas are the main commercial banana cultivars sold in the world market. In Maharashtra,
Grand Naine, Shreemanti, Dwarf Cavendish, Basrai, Robusta and Lal Vechi are grown.

Grand Naine has a high tolerance to biotic stresses and are produced in good quality bunches, making it the most preferred variety.

    All year round.

Edible bananas grow best in climate ranging from humid tropical to dry mild subtropics.
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Banana is a globally important fruit crop with 97.5 million tones of production, of which 24.5% is contributed by India alone.

The main banana growing states in the country are Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. In terms of area under cultivation Tamil Nadu ranks first, while in terms of production Maharashtra tops the list.
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