[Sca-cooks] Banana Recipe

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Tue Jul 20 03:15:12 PDT 2010

Encyclopedia of Food & Culture > Banana and Plantain

"Many wild banana diploids and triploids are still abundant throughout  
southeastern Asia, with a primary area of origin in Malaysia and Papua  
New Guinea, while most of the plantains originated in India and the  
Philippines. In any event, both spread quickly to other tropical and  
subtropical regions of the world. The Fe'i bananas evolved throughout  
the Pacific islands from Indonesia to the Marquesas and still remain  
closely confined to the area.

The main recognized milestones of these movements are:

c. 500 C.E. —
Introduction to Africa from Indonesia (via Madagascar)
c. 1000 C.E. —
Distribution throughout Polynesia and introduction to Mediterranean  
areas during Muslim expansion
1300s–1400s —
Introduction to the Canary Islands from West Africa
1516 —
First recorded introduction to the New World (Santo Domingo) from the  
Canary Islands"


On Jul 20, 2010, at 5:09 AM, yaini0625 at yahoo.com wrote:

> Have you discussed the origins of bananas? I was under the  
> impression that bananas or platains were New World or Malaysian in  
> origins.
> Aelina

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