Did you know?
- The Musa genus (to which Plantains and Bananas belong) mostly do not reproduce through seed.
- To reproduce a plant, a piece of live root with a shoot must be cut off, and then planted.
- Most species of the Musa genus seem to have evolved in small and localized tropical regions.
- Plantains and their variants are found almost everywhere in the world, and going so far back in history that they are found in remains that predate the great naval explorations by the west.
In short, these species began their evolutionary life on small Asian islands many thousands of years ago, and despite the evolutionary disadvantage of having no seed-bearing fruit, somehow managed to spread their roots across the globe.
It begs the question: How?
Without resorting to metaphysical speculations about divine beings and their intent, or conspiratorial theories about alien beings and their plans, I am left with the inescapable conclusion that the answer to this question is quite simple:
Humans planted the banana shoots.
Which would mean that a civilization pre-dating Egypt and Maya and Sumer had circumnavigated the globe, carrying plantains on their ships, and dropping them in the ground every place they went, so they’d be there when the next wave of civilization arose.