Musa, Musaceae family
Original to the Far East, it is the most consumed exotic fruit in the world! Its arrival on the island dates back to the 17the century. It has since spread widely in Creole orchards and gardens. The most common is grown in plantations and destined for export, and is the banana “Cavendish”. Alternately fruit or vegetable, eaten raw or cooked, boiled or fried, flambéed or au gratin, many other varieties invite themselves onto West Indian tables: ti-nain, plantain, fig-apple, fig-rose… Compotes, juices, fritters and cakes delight in its sweet, slightly tart flavor.