Edible banana cultivars that are pollinated can produce seeds.
If a supermarket egg is not fertilized it doesn’t produce a chick.
There are many members here that are growing variegated bananas from seed, I know this because I sent them the seeds and they are sending me photos of the seedlings.
If you’d like some seeds send me a message.
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Many varieties do not self-pollinate and seeds from cross-pollination will not grow true to type and will become new varieties.
Here’s some photos of three common edible banana cultivars that will easily produce seeds if there’s a compatible pollen source within a quarter mile.
In 1826, Cavendish employed a young and enthusiastic farmer’s son as his head gardener. This was Joseph Paxton, who went on use the expertise he developed constructing experimental greenhouses at Chatsworth in designing the famed Crystal Palace in London.
The duke and the gardener
Because bananas of the same type are virtually genetically identical, if one plant becomes infected, all of the other trees in a plantation are also susceptible. This meant it was only too easy for Panama disease to sweep through huge expanses of vulnerable host plants. In many areas, all of the trees were killed.
Using these methods, we could carry on eating the bananas that we are used to or even see if the same would work to help bring back the tastier Gros Michel. But these resistant Cavendish bananas are now GM crops. People in many countries have become used to eating GM food, but not so in Europe, which has the most stringent GM regulations in the world. Perhaps European regulators could be persuaded to make an exception if it was a case of GM bananas or none at all. But we might need to look for another solution.
The most common banana is called the Cavendish.
Most of the fruits we eat contain a seed of some sort. Mangoes have giant pits, apples have little ones. But bananas, you might have noticed, don’t have any. So what’s the deal?
Fruits contain seeds because that’s how their trees reproduce. An apple falls off the tree, the seeds get buried, and a new tree grows. But banana trees (actually giant herbaceous flowering plants) work differently. Every season, the plant dies after its fruit is harvested, and the small bulbs (called the suckers) growing out of the plant’s underground rhizome (called the corn) are then replanted, and new plants grow. Put simply, bananas don’t have seeds because they don’t need them.