Bananas and banana plantations figure quite a bit in my novel Blood of the Dragon Trees. During a visit to Tenerife, we visited a banana plantation, and gleaned much information from there; and also took several photographs. Here is a brief article I wrote, previously published, about the banana.
Driving virtually anywhere in Tenerife you’ll see the sun glinting off what look like huge man-made lakes – yet in fact they’re covered enclosures devoted to these exotic plants – the biggest plants in the world. One eighth of
The first banana plants were taken to the Canaries in 1402 by Portuguese mariners from the
Its first British appearance was in 1633 at a herbalist’s shop in
Late in 1882 Sabin Berthelot introduced into the Canaries the Chinese or Cavendish banana originating in the