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Are Bananas Going Extinct?

04/30/2015 10:29 EDT | Updated 04/30/2015 10:59 EDT

Most of us have grown up with bananas: we learned how to peel them, used them in pranks and ate them until they became one of our favourite fruits.

But Dan Koeppel, author of Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed The World says as much as we love consuming this sweet yellow-skinned fruit, most of us don't know a lot about its history.

"The banana we eat is just one of thousands of different banana breeds," he says in the Buzzfeed video above. "This one banana is actually not the first banana Americans ate, the first banana was a totally different breed called the Gros Michel, and it went extinct mostly through neglect and banana industry's stupidity."

Wait, a breed of banana went extinct? Not quite. Some reports say you can still find this type of rare bananas in countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, notes Business Insider.

Watch the video above for your much-needed lesson on all things bananas. You'll learn everything from the worldwide banana market, pricing methods and how you can help save the banana without sounding... bananas.

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