Have you ever wondered “why don’t bananas have seeds”.
The answer to the question “why don’t bananas have seeds” is an interesting one and it’s because the banana you know is a combination of two different types of banana.
why don’t bananas have seeds?
The bananas we all know and love, known as Cavendish, are in fact a hybrid of two species of South Asian wild plant species: Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana.
Between these two natural products, the former produces unpalatable fruit flesh, and the latter is far too seedy for enjoyable consumption. Nonetheless, these closely related plants occasionally cross-pollinate and spawn seedlings which grow into sterile, half-breed banana plants.
Some ten thousand years ago, early human experimenters noted that some of these hybridized Musa bore unexpectedly tasty, seedless fruit with an unheard-of yellowness and inexplicably amusing shape. They also proved an excellent source of carbohydrates and other important nutrients.
So our ancestors decided to do what we are still doing today. Cross pollinate the 2 gross banana plants to produce the banana you’ve come to know and love. But, the banana you love can never have offspring of it’s own. Even today all cavendish bananas are sterile.