Do bananas have seeds, and if they do, where are they?

by | Oct 8, 2009 09:56 PM ET

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Do bananas have seeds, and if they do, where are they? --- Erin, Gilbert, Ariz.

Marshall Brain Answers:

Wild bananas, prior to domestication, do have seeds. But like seedless grapes, humans have found and cultivated seedless mutations. So now all banana trees come from cuttings and there are no seeds in the fruit. The little brown specs in a banana are the vestiges of seeds that did not develop because of the mutation.

You can see what a wild banana's seeds look like in this video:

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