Domesticated Banana

Domesticated Banana                                                                                            Musa Electus

One of the most ancient examples of natural human selection.  Dating as far back as 5000 BCE in Papua New Guinea.  Delicious as they are, the banana as we know it does not naturally exist in nature.  Originally comprising of some flesh and mostly hard seeds, the banana has been carefully selected over time to become the breakfast fruit we know it to be today.  Because of this, the common banana is sterile and unable to propagate naturally.  Thankfully man is able to step in and play the role of god to ensure the plants survival and cultivation.  Without the banana we’d have to look elsewhere for a source of vitamin B6, fiber and potassium.  Thankfully, if a disease were to eradicate the plant, we’d be just fine going to our local vitamin shop and picking up a bottle of whichever nutrient we felt we were lacking.

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