Where is the seed of a banana located?

The answer to this question may sound simple, but is it really? When you try to think of it logically, it would be easy to assume that bananas have seeds. This follows the logical trail of thought that seeds are necessary in planting and growing bananas. Then how come there are times when you peel and eat a banana, you would not find any seeds? Could it be that the seeds are not within the fruit? Is it in other parts of the banana tree?

Traditionally, the seeds of bananas are found within the fruit. Banana has a light yellow fleshy part. All types of bananas that we have these days descended from two types of wild banana—Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana. These have large seeds within the flesh of the fruit. Usually, it is round and black in color. Hybrids were eventually grown and the seeds of the bananas became smaller.

Wild Banana with Seeds

Wild Banana with Seeds

Today, with the modern technology we have, there are bananas that do not contain any seeds. When you peel and eat the banana, you would not see any trace of seeds in it, even though in some species of bananas you can find small black seeds in the central part of the yellow flesh.

How can this type of banana be grown if there are no seeds? The process is possible by asexually reproducing the banana tree. The offshoot of the tree is used for continuously growing banana trees. Some farmers utilize the underground stem of an existing banana tree which is called the corm. They carefully remove it along with the roots and use it for growing another tree that also produces seedless banana.