Do Bananas Have Seeds? (The Surprising Truth)

Bananas originated in Ecuador but they may have come from India and Southeast Asia. Christopher Columbus introduced bananas to the Caribbean island of Hispaniola in 1492.

In the late 1800s, Musa acuminata (a banana species) was brought to Australia from South America as a commercial crop.

It was first grown in Hawaii in 1877, when it was brought there as a food supplement. Subsequently cultivated there. As more bananas were imported for cultivation and production through trade, seedlings grew around them on the islands.

Do bananas have seeds?

Yes, bananas do have seeds. Bananas are a kind of berry. This implies that they came from a fertilized ovary (a swollen flower portion). The majority of berries include seeds, but not all berries do. Instead, they have fleshy fruit parts referred to as pits. Bananas, in this case, include their seeds within their fleshy fruit parts, which are known as endocarps.

Modern commercial bananas, on the other hand, are genetically engineered and not grown from seeds. The seeds may be visible but do not have an impact on banana reproduction. If grown from the mother plant, however, wild bananas would have more visible and larger seeds. They may help to grow a new banana plant.

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Why commercial bananas don’t have seeds?

Humans’ manipulation of the fruit’s genes has produced a fruit that generates seeds afterthoughts. Bananas sold commercially will very rarely have any big seeds.

Farmers observed that plants were unable to form seeds when cutting them from their stems, so they took the cuttings to figure out that bananas didn’t need seeds. Bananas bred for commercial sale are grown specifically for consumption, therefore it’s not surprising why seeds would be avoided.

Bananas are propagated asexually. The creation of bananas without fertilization results in a fruit that is seed-free, known as parthenocarpy.

When a commercial banana is sliced in half, you can still notice seeds. Their function has become largely obsolete in this stage of a banana’s development. Its major goal now is to make aesthetically attractive food for humans.

Can you eat banana seeds?

Yes, banana seeds are edible. Banana seeds, whether ripe or unripe, are non-toxic. When wild bananas produce a lot of tiny hard pea-sized seeds, however, they become almost inedible. 

Why do some bananas have more seeds than others?

The banana found in most supermarkets in the United States and other areas such as Europe is known as a “dessert variety.”

This implies that the fruit was meant to be consumed as part of a meal, right off the stem. It’s not usually eaten raw. It’s used in pies and cakes or combined with ice cream instead!

Because of this, there aren’t many contemporary dessert bananas that still contain seeds. Most current “seedless” bananas are the result of a genetic crossbreeding experiment that began in 1836 in Jamaica.

What causes bananas to have seeds?

Bananas weren’t grown for their seeds when they were first cultivated over 2,000 years ago. Instead, the fruit’s seeds were included to prevent the spread of the plant. As a result, farmers were able to preserve genetic diversity in their plantations by including the seeds from fruits.

Although most modern banana cultivars do not include seeds, there are a few that do! If you come across a banana with seeds, eat it when the fruit is overripe or even rotten to discover them. They’re supposed to taste like hazelnuts or almonds, according to some sources.

What do banana seeds look like?

The banana plant’s tiny green seed pod holds up to four seeds, all of which are less than two millimeters about half an inch in diameter. Banana seeds are about one-quarter of an inch long. 

How do you know if a banana has seeds?

All you have to do now is split open the fruit’s end and look inside. You should be able to find tiny black dots in there. Seeds are what we refer to as little black dots.

How many seeds does a banana have?

Most varieties of bananas, there are one to six seeds. However, a particular banana species has been discovered with more than 1,000 seeds and is considered to be the biggest seed ever found by humans!

Every fruit of the Cavendish banana variety contains between 18 and 22 seeds. In total, each one of these bananas has approximately 1,500 seeds.

The number of seeds a banana has varies depending on the variety. Most bananas have seeds, although red or yellow bananas tend to have more.

Bananas require temperatures of at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit to flourish. Banana plants do not mind what sort of soil they’re grown in as long as it’s organic and has compost and fertilizer in it.

Melissa is a food enthusiast and one of the founders of Kitchen Study - a food blog about the vegan lifestyle, meal delivery services and cooking guides. She writes about delicious vegan dishes from all over the world. From quick and easy weekday lunches to perfect Sunday dinner recipes, we have it all covered!