Ever wondered where bananas came from and how come they are found in almost every land on earth and yet do not have seeds that can be transported by birds? If they can’t have seeds how then were they transported? Well, I stumbled on photo on Google and just had to scoop this from there.
Don’t get confused, the seeds on your every day banana are Vestigial seeds that cannot produce. They are propagated from ‘pups’ that grow from the parent plant. The parent dies after fruiting.
That’s how they got everywhere. In 2013 bananas were fourth among the main world food crops (after rice, wheat, and maize) in financial value.
Wild bananas though, have seeds, large, hard seeds.
But like seedless varieties of other popular fruits, the cultivated variety is seedless, those tiny black specks inside the fruit like the ones we commonly find in markets are sterile clones of a mutant banana plant found in 1836.
Many wild banana species as well as cultivars exist in extraordinary diversity in New Guinea, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, and the Philippines.
The banana plant is the largest herbaceous flowering plant. All the above-ground parts of a banana plant grow from a structure usually called a “corm”. Plants are normally tall and fairly sturdy, and are often mistaken for trees, but what appears to be a trunk is actually a “false stem” or pseudostem.