In just two minutes, National Geographic takes us on a whirlwind history of the banana around the world. The journey spans three continents, 7,000 years, several coup attempts, and one World's Fair.
My favorite fact from this video: Alexander the Great introduced the banana to Europe (bringing it from India), circa 327 BCE. Enjoy:
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