For Biology students in the College of Creative Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Those first bananas that people knew in antiquity were not sweet like
the bananas we know today, but were cooking bananas or plantain bananas
with a starchy taste and composition. The bright yellow bananas that we
know today were discovered as a mutation from the plantain banana by a
Jamaican, Jean Francois Poujot, in the year 1836. He found this hybrid
mutation growing in his banana tree plantation with a sweet flavor and a
yellow color-instead of green or red, and not requiring cooking like
the plantain banana. The rapid establishment of this new exotic fruit
was welcomed worldwide, and it was massively grown for world markets.