Enjoy your bananas now while you can. The world supply of the popular Cavendish banana is in serious danger.
A banana killing fungus is spreading fast. It has already destroyed many banana crops in Asia and Australia.
This would not be the first time the world has lost a popular variety of banana. In the 50s, the Gros Michel variety was almost completely destroyed by a fungus. It was the most popular variety of banana at that time. Those who can remember say that it was much tastier than the Cavendish, but growers around the world had to switch to the Cavendish variety because it was resistant to the fungus.
So far the fungus has not spread to Central and South America, the source of most American bananas. But many experts warn it is only a matter of time. The disease is very easily transmitted; a speck of contaminated dirt could infect a crop.
You may have noticed that bananas have no seeds. This is one reason they are such a popular fruit. But it is also their Achilles heel. All Cavendish banana trees are clones—genetically exact copies. To get a new banana tree you make a cutting from the roots of an existing tree. But because they are all the same, it makes them an easy target for the fungus.
It is even said that at the current rate the Cavendish will be completely wiped out within ten years. Banana producers are developing other varieties, but switching could take several years and we should expect shortages and much higher prices during the switch.