Banana’s are deeply linked with the traditional culture of Kerala. Different banana varieties play a significant role in the daily life of the people in this South Indian state. In Malayalam language, banana plant is called by ‘Vaazha’ and the banana fruit is termed as ‘Vaazha pazham’. Different varieties of bananas in terms of colour, size and taste are available in the market.
Some of the names of these popular banana types in the Malayalam language are Ethapazham or Nendra Pazham, Palayam kodan, Annaan, Morris or Robusta, Poovan, Jnali Poovan, Kappa vazha (red banana), Monthan etc. Apart from these common types, some of the other varieties are Sahasrapadali, Ayiram poovan, Kumpillaannan, Malayannan, Thottannan, Kadali, Kaliyethan, Chengali, Aattunenthran, Pachakkappa, Matti, Padatti, Peyan etc.