The Surprising Science Behind the World’s Most Popular Fruit

October 31, 2017

From tropical plantations to grocery aisles, getting a banana to market is a complex process—and a race against the clock.

“Bananas don’t grow in every country, but they are ubiquitous nonetheless. As the world’s most popular fruit, they account for roughly 75 percent of the tropical fruit trade and more than a hundred billion are eaten annually. Getting ripe bananas to market is a surprisingly intricate process. Facilities unique to the industry control the ripening stage to ensure bananas are the ideal green or yellow when they reach stores, depending on consumer preference.” —Kelsey Nowakowski

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Courtesy of National Geographic