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... maximum temperature of less than 0°C (32°F), there is a growing season of
one to three months, and precipitation varies between 250 millimetres (about ten
inches) and 500 millimetres (20 inches), evenly distributed throughout the year.
Banana. Cultivated throughout the tropics, the banana is a highly important
source of food. The ease with which this giant herb (3–6 metres high; leaves 3
metres × 650: millimetres) may be propagated from pieces of rhizome (rootstock)
“apple” about 30 millimetres in diameter and 40 millimetres long. Though used
locally in beverages, jams, and jellies, the apple is unimportant commercially.
The cashew ranks high in world trade among nuts. Some 60,000 metric tons from
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