What are Bananas?
Bananas are a type of tree fruit which are native to Southeast Asia and Australia. Bananas come in a variety of sizes and colors when ripe, including yellow, purple, and red. 
The domestication of bananas took place in southeastern Asia. Many species of wild bananas still occur in New Guinea, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Recent archaeological and palaeoenvironmental evidence at Kuk Swamp in the Western Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea suggests that banana cultivation there goes back to at least 5000 BCE, and possibly to 8000 BCE. This would make the New Guinean highlands the place where bananas were first domesticated. It is likely that other species of wild bananas were later also domesticated elsewhere in southeastern Asia. 
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Aliases (Also Known As)
Dried Banana Pieces
Freeze Dried Bananas
Fully Ripened Bananas
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|Ingredient added||UPC Food Search||January 1, 2009 @ 2:14 AM|