The banana is the fruit of the Musa sapientium, originally from Malaysia.
Today, it is cultivated in most tropical and subtropical areas of the planet. Major producers include Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador and Brazil.
The banana is an elongated, edible fruit, botanically a berry. It is a good source of vitamins, minerals (especially potassium), fibre and phytosterols. Excellent for the nutrition of endurance sportsmen and women.
In addition to the dessert banana, there is a less sweet banana, suitable for cooking, called the Platanus.
The plantain is considered a staple food in tropical regions of the world.


At the foot of the Apuan Alps, Carrara is unique in the world for its marble quarries. The “white gold of the Apuan Alps”: this is how the marble of Carrara is defined, a precious stone with which important works have been realised and that has made this town, for centuries devoted to its extraction and processing, great.
One of the first people to venture into marble quarrying were the Romans who, by inserting beams of fig wood inside natural fissures in the rock, filled these with water until they were completely impregnated and caused the rock to split. This extraction technique remained unchanged, if not with minor variations, until the Renaissance when Michelangelo began to frequent the Carrara area to directly choose the raw material for his works: it was from Carrara, transported along the Arno, that the block from which the Maestro sculpted the famous David came.
Marble thus became an important raw material for the construction, furnishing and decoration of public buildings and patrician residences.
Even today, skilful artists and craftsmen still work this material with mastery, creating stupendous works of art and decorative objects that become true furnishing accessories.


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