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The Banana goes on display

Posted in Anniversary, History on Wednesday, 30 March 2011

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10 April marks the anniversary of the first ever display of bananas in a London store window in 1633.

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The banana… little known in Europe even in Victorian times

The fruit was a native to tropical South and Southeast Asia where they were cultivated at least as early as 5,000 BC; it is likely that they were also widely cultivated in Africa from around the 5th century AD. The name “banana” is of West African origin and passed into English via Spanish and Portuguese who first bought the banana to the west, although they were not widely known in Europe even during the Victorian era. Jules Verne introduced the banana as an exotic fruit in his novel Around the World in Eighty Days (1872).

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