Bananas made their debut to the American public at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. For the price of 10 cents, Americans got a foil-wrapped banana. Before this official introduction, bananas were rarely seen, usually coming to the U.S. on the decks of sailing ships as souvenirs taken by sailors traveling in the Caribbean. The yellow banana so popular today is a crossbreed of the red and green bananas, developed by Jean Poujot in 1836. Source: BananasWeb.com
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