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20 December 2017

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I've seen giant bananas around golgubip and bolvip. People cut them to eat the core when gardens fail

For information on antiquity of banana cultivation in PNG see
http://apscience.org.au/projects/PBF_02_3/pbf_02_3.htm

It is stated: "Therefore, given the significance of bananas in both natural and cultural landscapes in Papua New Guinea, it is perhaps not so surprising that there is a growing body of evidence in support their early cultivation there (Bowdery 1999, Wilson1985).

"Indeed, new evidence arising from archaeological and palaeoenvironmental studies at Kuk Swamp in the Western Highlands Province suggests a very long history of banana cultivation in Papua New Guinea dating back to at least 7000 years ago and possibly as long ago as 10 000 years (Denham et al. 2003). This is the longest record for banana cultivation in the world."

(There may be more up-to date information. This was back in 2003.)

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