The Truly Tiny Banana produces a very small, edible banana on a banana plant that is 3 to 4 feet in height at maturity. Like all banana plants, it still has very large leaves and a lot of roots, which is why I am growing my own in the microclimate provided by the side of a brick house, on the wetland edge of the duck pond. It will help to prevent erosion on that side of the pond, provide shade from the sun and cover from overhead predators for the Indian Runner Ducks and for the ducklings I'll be adding to the edible landscape system. This helps to create a safer, healthier environment for the ducks who also like to nibble on the banana leaves and enjoy eating the trunks of bananas.
So if you are not a fan of bananas, they still make an excellent option for growing your own mulch
, feeding to your poultry and waterfowl, or can be grown as basket weaving fiber
. Banana leaves are also used in tropical areas to wrap food for grilling or baking in the same way that alluminum foil is used.