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Traditional Pacific Island Crops: Bananas

The goal of the Traditional Pacific Island Crops Web site is to provide organized access to quality, free Web resources that provide information on these twelve important traditional Pacific Island crops. This is not intended to be a comprehensive listing

Key Web Resources for Bananas and Plantains (Musa spp.)


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Bananas, including the type commonly called plantains, are in the genus Musa. Musa species are native to the Indo-Malesian, Asian, and Australian tropics. Bananas were carried throughout the Pacific by the earliest indigenous voyagers.

Bananas have always been an essential part of Pacific island life. In addition to the fruit, every part of the plant is useful. They are still an important part of home and subsistence gardens in the region. In the Pacific islands, bananas are also grown commercially on a relatively small scale, mostly for local consumption.

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