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Buying Tips

Avoid bruised fruit and bananas showing splits in the skin. Choose firm, green to slightly yellow bunches.


Although about 30 different varieties of bananas exist, North Americans are mostly familiar with three types: the blunt-ended Cavendish; the Gros Michel, known by its tapered ends; and the starchy plantains, which is used only for cooking as a vegetable. There are also dwarf or “baby” bananas and red bananas, among the other varieties.

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