Banana originates most likely from Asia, from an area that stretches from India to Papua New Guinea. And it is believed that the plant has been cultivated for over 5000 years.
This year brought 650 Arab fighters banana to Egypt and Palestine and we believe that it was the Arab slave traders who spread the plant to the rest of Africa.
The Portuguese discovered the plant in Guinea and planted the first banana plantation in the Canary Islands in the 1402nd
A Portuguese monk brought the banana to the Caribbean, where it quickly became popular. It spread so rapidly in Latin America that a transition believed that banana plant originated from there.
It was only in 1903, simultaneously with the launch of the world’s first refrigerated ship, that you really could import bananas in Europe.
Banana is an oblong berry with shriveled seeds and with a leathery shell. Unripe banana (melbanan) has to be green and the flesh is tasteless, and a high starch content.
Ripe fruit has yellow skin – and flesh starch is converted into sugars, which are softer texture and taste richer and sweeter.
Besides flour and fruit bananas are a number of other variants, eg. red banana and apple or baby banana.
Banana is a great exotic fruit, which as many other fruits is used in all kinds of spirits.
The picture is taking by DrinksMeister on Zanzibar, here you can see the original Banana plant. There are many different kinds og Banana, fx. the green banana used in Pisang Ambon