They're not clones, they're grown from shoots. This is a common practice in fruit production because there would be too much variation in yields if fruit were left to just reproduce on their own. Also, the bananas we eat these days have such tiny seeds that growing a plant from seed is nearly impossible.
I wouldn't call it fake, it's just tricking nature into making the same tasty fruits over and over. Bananas are still very natural and healthy. If you want to eat non-hybridized food then you won't be able to eat anything from the grocery store or anything else for that matter.
In horticultural terms it is called cloning, when you take a cutting from a mother plant and grow it on to form another, the majority of Bananas we eat in the western world are the cavendish variety which was cultivated by William Cavendish the 6th duke of devonshire it was developed in his hothouses so that it can be picked green and still ripen, this allowed the banana to travel without Mr cavendish this site would not be here as most of us would not get our hands on those yummy nanans
it's the same as seedless grapes, you grab a plant that doesn't have much seeds etc. and then clone it and keep doing this until you have seedless grapes something like that, it's called selective breeding
Like the others said, they are grown from shoots. A banana plant (tree) grows, flowers and gives bananas only once. New banana plants grow up alongside the old stalk and form a new banana tree which will grow, flower and give fruit. So technically yes they are clones, but they are not genetically cloned in a lab or anything.
So what if they ARE clones??
Clone just means exact genetic copy so the cloned one is as real as the original one.
Grow you own or support farmers (like myself) who grow permaculture style.
In less than 2 years I have 10 different varieties, about 400 bananas in total, some of them are fruiting already!
Starting next year yall can order some, I'll ship them to the contiguous 48 US states:
Indeed so what if they are clones? Without this practice than the banana probably wouldn't be as ubiquitous and cheap as it is.
The down side is that with such a lack of genetic diversity there is the risk of the crop being wiped out.
This effectively happened to an earlier cultivar of banana - the Gros Michel.
Lack of genetic diversity also resulted in the Irish famines in the 1840s when potato blight infected the potato (Irish Lumper) which at that time supplied the majority of calories of the majority of the Irish population. Prior to the potato famines Ireland had a population of 10 million people. Today Ireland still has only about half that number!
It can be disheartening to hear that even healthy foods aren't perfect, but when I read books or watch lectures by doctors and athletes who eat and promote a clean vegan diet, it perks me back up.
All I gotta say is that I'm so glad to be living in the land of 'nanners here in Costa Rica! The ones I buy are the Earth University bananas, I think you can buy them at Whole Foods in the States. They're organic, fair-trade nanners, and they're absolutely delicious and creamy. I'm curious how much they cost up there,anybody ever buy the EARTH University bananas from Whole Foods?
Or even just prices of regular bananas at your supermarket (non-organic). I'm curious the price differences between here and there.
As an actual banana farmer let me tell you about the wonderful banana plant. When I started my plantation I had to dig suckers from around another farmers established banana planted. Some were only small but others were really big butts that had eyes on them and so with these I cut them into 4 or more pieces and put them in the earth and watered them. Wallah, banana plantation.
However after 10 years I was wiped out by a drought and was forced to bulldoze my crop due to State regulations that they could not be left unfarmed while I went off and got a paid employment.
Subsequently years later when I wanted to begin farming Bananas again I had to apply for a permit and Nazi style I could only purchase tissue cultured inny weany plants for get this - $35 + postage each.
Get out of here. I was told that I could not dig suckers from a district plantation or I would be fined big time.
The only way to get my plantation going again was to pay $35 a plant and then house these delicate little lab birthed plantlets and grow them on for 4 months in a protected hot house until they were large enough to plant out.
Cost factor - not viable.
So if this is what you mean when you say your bananas are cloned, you are spot on. It is a complete rort to monopolise markets. For me I still hold my land but with little on it bar a few trays of greens where as I use to supply several state organic wholesalers.
The bananas I buy are from a local organic farmer ( I live in tropical far north Queensland, Australia - yes Harley I get to eat Eric's bananas every day...teehee - banana heaven :) ) and are of the Ducasse variety...so delicious and actually yellow inside like a real banana should be. Occasionally I find the big black seeds in them that you are talking about...they don't blend up too well in my morning smoothie :) Cavendish are BLEH in comparison - can't eat them! Feel sorry for you all :(