Are bananas native to Africa?
Banana is thought to have been first domesticated in Southeast Asia and Papua New Guinea between 5000 BC and 8000 BC. Genetic diversity is greatest in Southeast and South Asia, followed by the African continent. The estimated origins of cultivation in Africa vary widely between 2000 BC and 600 AD.
What is banana called in Africa?
The medium-sized green fruits, which are of a specific group of banana, the East African Highland bananas (Musa AAA-EA), are known in the Bantu languages of Uganda as matoke.
|East African Highland bananas|
|A bunch of East African Highland bananas|
What country are bananas native to?
Bananas are indigenous to the tropical portions of India, Southeast Asia and northern Australia, and were brought to South America by the Portuguese in the early 16th century.
What foods came from Africa to America?
They brought the kola nut – one of the main parts of Coca-Cola – to what is now the United States. West Africans chewed the nut for its caffeine. Enslaved Africans also brought watermelon, okra, yams, black-eyed peas and some peppers. These foods are commonly eaten in the U.S. today.
Who first cultivated bananas?
In general, however, it can be said that bananas originated in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific around 8,000 to 5,000 BCE. From New Guinea and the Philippines, bananas dispersed far and wide across the tropics, in all directions.