The wild banana seeds are huge and hard and even though there is flesh in the plantain, it is bitter and does not make for very delectable eating. Therefore, the only bananas that can be eaten raw are the ones that are especially cultivated so that there are no seeds and a lot of flesh instead.
Planting the Seeds
While many of you will want to know how to plant banana seeds, it is important to understand that the bananas that are used for consumption cannot be produced by planting these seeds in the ground. In order to understand the concept of how the banana fruit is produced, we must look through the details of the banana plant:
- The banana plant starts growing from a rhizome, a bud, or a ground stem.
- It grows to form leaves that are entwined tightly and look like a trunk, but are fleshy, soft, and have no wood.
- New leaves make way through the middle of this cluster and form leaves that make their way out.
- When it is time to form the fruits, an inflorescence is formed which has flowers on it. These flowers are formed not due to pollination but due to asexual reproduction. The female and the male parts are present on the same branch.
- The flowers will slowly give way to fruits that hang from the cluster and bend towards the ground due to their heavy weight.
- A single bud can only produce a single bunch of fruits in one season and therefore the leaves and the trunk will wilt away.
- However, during this process, there are other buds that have made their way underground and therefore they will rise into a new plant.
- One can therefore use the shoots and stems of an existing plant to give rise to a new plant.
In case of the wild species, it is possible to plant them using these wild seeds. Once these seeds are planted, the plants grow and then go on to produce fruits through the regular process of pollination.