Most Europeans are only familiar with Cavendish bananas, the main commercial variety. But in fact there are over 1000 different varieties of banana, only about half of which are edible, and some only popular in exotic countries. All these varieties grow in the wild. Some are just as sweet as the Cavendish variety but have a different flavour and texture. Others, like plaintains (or cooking bananas), can be prepared like vegetables. Some varieties look very attractive but are not edible.