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found this on Wikipedia guess it is like dad told me when I was a kid " boy a sheet of paper will lie there and let you write any thing you want on it" banana farms in Maryland and Virginia?

Commercial banana production in the United States is relatively limited in scale and economic impact. While Americans eat 26 pounds (12 kg) of bananas per person per year, the vast majority of the fruit is imported from other countries, chiefly Central and South America, where the US has previously occupied areas containing banana plantations, and controlled the importation of bananas via various fruit companies, such as Dole and Chiquita. [1]

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The first commercial banana farm in the United States was established in Florida, near Silver Lake, in 1876. A number of independent banana farms and cultivars have been located in a number of areas, reaching as far north as the southern Midwest and Ohio river, where wild banana trees can be found along the banks of the Ohio at far southern Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri, just north of Kentucky. This region equates roughly with the northernmost terminus of the subtropical crop-growing region of the US, which ends at about Cincinnati, Ohio, and further east in cities and locations such as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New York City and Long Island in New York, and coastal regions of southern New England. Banana growth further west along this ecological transition line, such as in central to northern Missouri and northern Kansas/far southern Nebraska is highly dubious and uncertain, due to extreme temperature fluctuations and an increase in aridity.

Other states that have been popular locations for independent banana farming have been Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, North Carolina, Hawaii, Virginia, Arizona, California, Nevada, and Maryland. Florida has seen a number of independent and big-name banana cultivars inhabit its land throughout history.

Bananas have also been cultivated in states of the Pacific Northwest, including in areas of Washington, Oregon, and various highland areas and sheltered oceanic/temperate valleys in southern Idaho.

In the 70's, a variety of bananas, including Ice Cream and Cavendish, were commonly grown throughout the Appalachian region, primarily throughout Tennessee, as well as in Kentucky along the Mississippi and Ohio rivers as well as in mountain areas of the eastern reaches of the state.
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Hawaii is by far the largest banana producer in the United States, followed by Florida. Banana plantation in Hawaii has followed a descending trend, from 13,181 mmt in 2000 to 8,090 mmt in 2010. Hawaii produces mainly the conventional Cavendish assortment and the Hawaiian apple banana, which are sold in the local markets due to high employment and land expenses. The chief US banana exporter is Florida, which produces mostly Thai and cooking bananas (Bluggoe type). In addition, US banana producers are looking for opportunities in the organic and specialty segments of the banana market in Florida, Texas, California, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, and Georgia.[2] Banana cultivation in Florida has been about 500 acres, valued at roughly 2 million US $.[citation needed]

Other states that remain popular locations for independent banana farming, which usually only export on a highly domestic level, are Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Arizona, California, Nevada, and Maryland. These states produce a variety depending on the region, including Cavendish, Bluggoe, Ice Cream, Goldfinger, Lady Finger, Red Dacca, Latundan, Pisano Awak, and Balbisinia subtypes.

Independent banana cultivation in the United States is diverse, with some areas of the country able to sustain fields of a wide variety of banana trees perennially or near-perennially, similar to a plantation system. This is most notable (outside of Florida and Hawaii) in Texas, Louisiana, California, Arizona, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and coastal North Carolina. In other areas of the country (northern Arkansas, southern Missouri, mountain Tennessee, southern Kansas, the far southern Midwest and along the Ohio river, Kentucky, and Virginia,) containing a climate similar to that of the banana growing region of inland south-central and eastern China (Sichuan, Anhui, Zhejiang, Hubei, Jiangsu, Henan, Jiangxi, Hunan, Chongqing, and Guizhou provinces,) banana cultivation is more seasonal.

If independent cultivation was counted towards a nations total of banana production, its estimated that the United States would rank at about the 4th or 5th country for banana production in the world.

Bananas are also grown commercially in Puerto Rico,[3] Guam, and American Samoa.[4]

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In the 70's, a variety of bananas, including Ice Cream and Cavendish, were commonly grown throughout the Appalachian region, primarily throughout Tennessee, as well as in Kentucky along the Mississippi and Ohio rivers as well as in mountain areas of the eastern reaches of the state.
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Sounds like that was written by a banana plant seller in the tropics!

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Sounds like that was written by a banana plant seller in the tropics!

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Hey with global warming, maybe they wrote that in advance for 50 years in the future? Lmao
yep im a big fan of global warming peidmont carolina zone 9 would be awsome gained 1 zone since 1990

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I remember an old college professor who was retired when I was a kid in the 70's who said we would be growing bananas in northern Wisconsin someday.
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yea make more carbon dioxide lets hurry it up should I pre order my Musa ingens ?

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Hey with global warming, maybe they wrote that in advance for 50 years in the future? Lmao
That article is wrote about "independent banana farming or farmer" in the US. That is YOU and ME and all the other members of this Banana forum in the US. I really can't find anything that is false or incorrect. Just remember we have forum members in New York and New Jersey as well as Wisconsin and Seattle, Wa growing bananas. ... For most 'US Nana Farmers', their banana field is a 5 ft wide strip of dirt along the back yard fence. While some of us in zones 10 to 8 may have 1/4 acre to 1 or 2 acres for our nana plants.

... Aw heck ... if you can't grow big bananas, just grow more of them.
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could be but to me farming means producing a crop for sale at a profit and independent means not owned by a major fruit co to make a profit on the naners I have fruited here in nc I would to get 50 to 75 dollars a pound lots of fun but not profitable on the other side of the coin I have made several hundred dollars off three basjoo plants in my back yard selling plants
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Fellas.........Fake news..

However I have scoop on a mat in Martin County Florida.

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could be but to me farming means producing a crop for sale at a profit and independent means not owned by a major fruit co to make a profit on the naners I have fruited here in nc I would to get 50 to 75 dollars a pound lots of fun but not profitable on the other side of the coin I have made several hundred dollars off three basjoo plants in my back yard selling plants
That is Farming, so you just don't make enough for a living. .... You need to plant more nanas and work harder at marketing the product. Or, be like the rest of us, farming is just a hobby and a sideline.
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Ontario as in Ontario, Canada. You can grow bananas pretty much anywhere if you try hard enough

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