Bananas were originally found in South East Asia, mainly in India. They were brought west by Arab conquerors in 327 B.C. and moved from Asia Minor to Africa and finally carried to the New World by the first explorers and missionaries to the Caribbean

It is believed bananas originated in Malaysia because so many varieties of bananas are found there today.
Bananas were probably the first fruit farmed by man. Their history is recorded all the way back to Alexander the Great’s conquest of India, where he first discovered bananas in 327 B.C.

How Bananas Got Their Name
Bananas received a new name each time a different group of people were introduced to them. Centuries ago bananas were called “banna” and “ghana” and even “funana.” The Africans are credited with giving the banana its permanent name.
In India, bananas were called “Fruit of the Wise Men.” According to Indian legend, wise men meditated under the shady, green leaves of banana plants.

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