The banana in all classes, subject to the provisions for each class and the tolerances allowed, the banana should have the minimum quality requirements:
• whole (finger as the reference);
• firm; sound (fit for consumption);
• clean; practically free of any visible foreign matter;
• preferably free of bruises and blemishes;
• preferably free of pests;
• preferably free of damage caused by pests;
• free of abnormal external moisture, excluding condensation following removal from cold storage;
• free of any foreign smell and/or taste; and
• with flower remnants removed.
In addition, hands and clusters must include a sufficient portion of the crown with or without peduncle fragments, sound and free of fungal contamination.
-Banana, a monoecious monocotyledonous plant belonging to the family Musacea, is the largest herbaceous plant in the world
-It is often considered a tree as it grows normally up to 3m in height and is fairly robust. However, the stem is in fact a pseudostem that grows from a corm.
-Banana is a great nutritional source composed mainly of water and carbohydrate that provides energy in the human body. It is a good source of Vitamin A, B, C and some mineral, particularly Phosphorus, Magnesium, Potassium and dietary fiber. It contains high levels of carbohydrate that provides energy. One banana fruit provides 380 mg which is more than an adult’s daily requirements of Potassium (Englberger, 2003). Banana with yellow to orange pulp contains high levels of pro-Vitamin A carotenoids (pVACs) that can be converted into Vitamin A.
Banana has several uses in food, industry, medicine and decorative purposes. The center succulent part of the pseudostem can be consumed as vegetable. The pseudostem, aside from feeds for hogs and cattles, can also be used as source of fiber and organic fertilizer. Banana leaves can be used as food wraps for leaf industry (Temanel, 2008) while the roots, stalk and peduncle can be used as organic fertilizer. Banana can also be processed into flour, puree, jam, jelly, wine, powder, dye, flakes, catsup and banana chips. Moreover, banana can be used as: umbrella (leaves), glue (starch), necklace (seeds), ornaments (decorative type), dye (banana sap), shampoo, and intercrop.