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When out on the map screen if you mouse over hexes, or in the strategic view you can see icons if a hex contains a resource. Wheat and Bananas show up when you do this, yet they are not luxury/strategic resources. So why do they show up?

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Because they're delicious? – GnomeSlice May 12 '11 at 22:15
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They are food resources. They are similar to luxury/strategic resources in that they give you an additional bonus to the output of the hex if you build their corresponding building on the hex, but unlike luxury/strategic resources they don't provide any bonus other than to the output of the hex, and so they cannot be traded.

Other examples are Fish, Deer, and Sheep.

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Also notice some buildings can affect tiles with those resources - for instance a granary increases the food output from tiles with improved Wheat, Bananas and Deer. – Oak May 12 '11 at 16:48
I am pretty sure I would not want to visit the Deer Granary. I mean, I've heard of a Grist Mill, but a Gristle Mill?! – horatio May 12 '11 at 18:02

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