A common name of a taxon or organism is a name in general use within a community; it is often contrasted with the scientific name for the same organism...
for herbaceous plant
A herbaceous plant is a plant that has leaves and stems that die down at the end of the growing season to the soil level. They have no persistent woody stem above ground...
s of the genus Musa
Musa is one of three genera in the family Musaceae; it includes bananas and plantains. There are over 50 species of Musa with a broad variety of uses....
. The fruit they produce is generally used for cooking, in contrast to the soft, sweet banana
Banana is the common name for herbaceous plants of the genus Musa and for the fruit they produce. Bananas come in a variety of sizes and colors when ripe, including yellow, purple, and red....
(which is sometimes referred to as the dessert banana). There is a formal botanical distinction between bananas and plantains, though they are classified as cultivars of the same species.
The population of North America
North America is a continent wholly within the Northern Hemisphere and almost wholly within the Western Hemisphere. It is also considered a northern subcontinent of the Americas...
was first introduced to the fruit as banana plantain, and in the United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...
Europe is, by convention, one of the world's seven continents. Comprising the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, Europe is generally 'divided' from Asia to its east by the watershed divides of the Ural and Caucasus Mountains, the Ural River, the Caspian and Black Seas, and the waterways connecting...
"banana" generally refers to that variety.