Is Banana still considered a fruit or is it a vegetable like the Plantain?

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  • 1 month ago

    Bananas are fruit, that is the seed vessel of a plant [although most cultivated varieties are seedless]. A plantain is also a fruit of the same family, but as it is starchy, rather than sweet, and cooked before consumption in savoury recipes, is usually regarded as a vegetable. Other fruits which are eaten as vegetables or salad items include aubergines, [aka eggplant], avocados, capsicums [aka bellpepers] cucumbers, gherkins, marrows, pumpkins, squashes, tomatoes and zucchinis [aka courgettes]. 

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  • 3 months ago

    Ethymologically, a "vegetable" is the edible part of ANY plant.

    As such, all fruits are vegetables; so are berries, tubers, bananas, lettuce, nuts...

    The need to create an "exclusive" classification came from an American customs regulation that had "vegetables"  taxed differently than "fruits" (the big debate dealt with tomatoes, an obvious berry that was claimed to be a vegetable in order to protect domestic growers from imported tomatoes).

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  • 3 months ago

    Bananas and plantains are very closely related, and both are berries.

    Due to their sweetness, bananas tend to be consumed as fruit, and due to their high starch content plantains tend to be treated and consumed similar to tubers.

    Regardless of whether individual items are strictly berries, seeds, nuts, fruit, tubers, vegetables or fungi, a great many are commonly defined by how they’re used. 

    So rhubarb stalks are definitely vegetables but used as cooking fruit. Marrows are definitely fruit but are treated as vegetables. Peas are seeds but used as vegetable, although peas served in edible pods such as sugar snaps and mange-tout are fruits, but again are usually consumed as vegetables. 

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  • 3 months ago

    Banana and plantain are vague terms for the same group of fruit- generally, bananas are sweet and can be eaten raw, plantains are starchy and need to be cooked.  Plantains are fruit, not vegetables.

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  • 3 months ago

    All that sugar? How can it not be a fruit?

    Source(s): African instincts
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  • 3 months ago

    It’s still a fruit, specifically a berry. 

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  • 3 months ago

    Both are fruits.  Banana has more sugars and less starch than a plantain

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