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Old 01-23-2010, 09:35 PM   #126 (permalink)
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Default Re: Grafting Bananas by the Insistent Banana Grower - Mauro

Originally Posted by Mauro Gibo View Post
and Vietnam, Yes. I also know that the lemon was taken to Rome through the silk road during the Roman Empire since "All Roads leaded to Rome"!
The Brazilian wild lemon I was telling you about grew wild in Vietnam, too. I bought them in the market in Hanoi. I think the Portuguese and the Italians took the citrus to Brazil during Colombus days.
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Oh, but I think the history of the fruit is the next best thing to eating it!

So yes, the far east did not have any fruits (guavas, chilies, etc.) of the western hemisphere until a Spanish Galleon landed in Manilla in 1526. The captain made a small fortune! A few ships made the reverse trek in the next few years, but in 1531 The Spanish and the Dutch arrived in the Caribbean and what is now Venezuela with small fleets of ships carrying many agricultural goods to trade. And so it began!
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