The advent of steam engine made possible the transfer of this perishable fruit to the American market. The commercial popularity of banana resulted in the formation of United Fruit Company in 1899.
A bunch of facts
With the support of the American government, the company went on to create several politically unstable countries — the 'banana republics' of Honduras and Guatemala, etc. Today, India is the biggest producer of bananas, not these small, tropical countries.
In 2014, India’s banana output was more than double of any other country. Banana constitutes more than a third of all fruits grown in India.
Not this time Kerala
Kerala is only one of the biggest consumer states of the fruit and not a biggest producer of the crop. Three states account for more than 40% of the banana crop. They are: Tamil Nadu: 14.2% Gujarat: 13.8% Andhra Pradesh: 13.4%