In 2005, with the backing of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, [James] Dale began experimenting with ways to add beta-carotene, a nutrient the human body uses to produce vitamin A, to the East African Highland cooking banana, a staple in the Ugandan diet.
"This may finally give us access to this subset of the population," Dale said. "So I figured it was worth a shot."
In June, Dale's bananas made it to an important milestone, gaining approval to begin human trials in the United States, and in the process picked up a catchy new title: super-bananas. While the fate of the super-bananas has yet to be determined, what is known is just how these bananas became super.
Via Ed Rybicki