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Reminder: Fruit Is Even More Awesome Than Your Supermarket Aisles Indicate

Documentary The Fruit Hunters may make you crave flavors you've never tasted.


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There are more than a thousand banana species in the world, but you've probably only ever tasted one. The Cavendish banana is the one we know and love. It's the one the international banana economy is based on—the only species that's exported from one country to another, anywhere in the world. But its extinction is coming.

That's because we've bred the Cavendish to be seedless. No hard black seeds in our delicious banana flesh means banana trees only reproduce asexually, with human intervention. So all Cavendish palms, and with it the worldwide banana industry, before the Cavendish came along in the 1960s to resurrect it.

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