[Sca-cooks] Banana Recipe

Terry Decker t.d.decker at att.net
Tue Jul 20 05:24:10 PDT 2010

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"


They can push that 500 CE date back to about 800 BCE and probably further. 
Archeological excavation has demonstrated that banana cultivation in Africa 
has been around a lot longer than previously thought.

The introduction of bananas into the Canary Islands is probabaly between 
1425, when the Portuguese claimed the islands and 1479, when the Spanish 
landed to take the islands from Portugal.

1516.   For some reason I keep remembering the date as 1517, although 1516 
is correct.


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