• Frederick F. Clairmonte


The history of the banana goes back thousands of years, and reference to it is found in classical Chinese, Indian, Greek and Roman texts. The precise origin of the banana is not known although according to Dr Herbert Spinden ‘the first home of the edible banana was, in all probability, the humid tropical region of Southern Asia, Cambodia and parts of Southern China, as well as the large islands of Sumatra, Java, Borneo, the Philippines and Formosa’ (Wilson, 1947, p. 13). From the Far East it was brought by Arab and Chinese traders to East Africa in the tenth century and from there it was transported by Arab traders to Spain and the Canary Islands. The Gros Michel variety was brought to the Americas in the 1830s and it spread rapidly to all banana-growing American nations.


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