On the hunt for wild bananas in Papua New Guinea

Bananas originally contained hard seeds. This trait can still be seen in wild species in Papua New Guinea. Credit: S.Carpentier The banana has its earliest origins in Papua New Guinea, where it was domesticated by indigenous communities at least 7,000 years ago. This ancestor, Musa acuminata, subspecies Banksii, looks very different from the ubiquitous Cavendish […]