• Banana-Like Plant Could Become New Superfood: Study
Scientists say a banana-like crop grown and eaten only in Ethiopia could be a new superfood, helping to boost food security in a warming world.

The BBC's Helen Briggs has the details.


We're all familiar with the humble banana.

But few outside Ethiopia have heard of the ensete or false banana.

The tropical plants are related and look similar but you don't eat the fruit of the banana's little known cousin, instead the root and stem, which are fermented and made into bread or porridge.

Scientists say there's an urgent need to boost the range of plants we use for food given nearly half of all the calories we eat come from just three staple crops.

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