Banana

Most of us in the west associate bananas with the Caribbean or Central America, where the “banana republics” evolved in the last century. So some you may be surprised to find out that the banana is not native to the western hemisphere. In fact, it seems to have originated in Southeast Asia. The fruit actually is believed to have its origins in southern Thailand, along the Malay peninsula.

Fruit Compote

This is an old recipe that I've changed and adapted over the years to accommodate what was available in Bangkok. The original recipe called for dates rather than figs, but lately the dates you can get here, in addition to being very expensive, aren't really the kind suited to this dish.

Fruit Compote Fruit Compote

Bananas on Boats

Banana Stall

Most of us in the west associate bananas with the Caribbean or Central America, where the "banana republics" evolved in the last century. So some you may be surprised to find out that the banana is not native to the western hemisphere. In fact, it seems to have originated in Southeast Asia. The fruit actually is believed to have its origins in southern Thailand, along the Malay peninsula.

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