The quest for youth is a common struggle of human beings, and a few particularly vain species of fruit-bearing plants. While we humans haven’t quite figured out how to reverse the clock on ourselves yet, we have been able to find a “cure for aging” for some tropical fruits. Just earlier this week, Scott Balto, a dock worker in New England, made an unlikely discovery. We got a few words of reaction from him on the subject:
“I was having a rough morning, so I brewed some extra strong coffee, and took it to work. We had just gotten in a shipment of bananas from Costa Rica, and we found that they were brown and bad. I was so shocked by how horribly rotten the bananas were, I threw my coffee all over them.”
Momentarily after, he looked at the bananas, and found them to be perfectly ripe. He was so shocked by this transformation, he spit out the coffee he still had in his mouth (resulting in a few green bananas).
Scientists believe this is an evolutionary advantage; bananas adapted this way so that those bananas who drink coffee can more easily attract an appealing banana mate, and pass their genes on to their banana baby. This occurrence, however natural, is still rare, because the coffee must have the proper strength, be brewed with hazelnut flavoring, and have 2 creams, 2 sugars.