The banana tree (not to be confused with the banana tree) is considered one of the oldest cultivated plants on earth, as its occurrence was already discovered at the end of the Ice Age. Banana plants were first mentioned in Indian records in the 6th century BC. The crooked fruit did not reach Europe until 1885. In 1902 it also reached Germany. A kind of "banana boom" was triggered by Konrad Adenauer, who in 1957, when the European Economic Community was founded, imposed duty-free bananas.
In the meantime the banana has developed into a world record holder, as it not only has the largest leaves, but is also the fruit with the largest world trade volume. From a botanical point of view, the banana is one of the berry fruits and, because of its fully compostable skin, it is the cleanest fruit.
Bananas are now grown in Africa, Costa Rica, Ecuador, India, the Canary Islands, Malaysia, South and Central America and Thailand. These countries should be called, but not banana republics, as this is a derogatory term.