Bananas in New World

Friar Tomas de Berlanga (later Bishop of Panama) imported banana specimens from the Canary Islands in 1516 and planted them on the Island Hispaniola (now Haiti and Dominican Republic).

      Tomas de Berlanga
      Friar, later Bishop of Panama
      Canary Islands, Island Hispaniola

Additional Information:

  • Banana – Wikipedia
    The banana is an edible fruit – botanically a berry – produced by several kinds of large herbaceous flowering plants in the genus Musa. In some countries, bananas used for cooking may be called plantains, in contrast to dessert bananas.
  • Banana – New World Encyclopedia
    Banana is the common name for any of the very large, tree-like, herbaceous plants comprising the genus Musa of the flowering plant family Musaceae, characterized by an above-ground pseudostem (false stem) with a terminal crown of large leaves, and hanging clusters of edible, elongated fruit.
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