Musa, the genus of plant that provides bananas and plantains is a resilient species with the ability to withstand hurricanes and other natural disasters. At different levels of ripeness, they can be used in different ways, making bananas and plantains an incredibly versatile food.

While sustainable, bananas and plantains are grown in an incredibly unsustainable manner, which leads to almost all groceries in North America only stocking one type as well as the strong possibility of threats to global supply.

This episode of Climate Cuisine talks with biologist Rob Dunn, who wrote a book about this topic, Von Diaz, an esteemed food writer and cookbook author, Meenakshi J., a freelance journalist who wrote an article about sacred bananas, Vidya Balachander, the South Asia editor at Whetstone, and Vanessa Mota, a food blogger behind My Dominican Kitchen