The Surprising Science Behind the World's Most Popular Fruit

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

This article is part of our Urban Expeditions series, an initiative made possible by a grant from United Technologies to the National Geographic Society.

For more on the history of cultivation and the future of the Cavendish, check out our three-part series on the banana.

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