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Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717)

Branch of Banana with Bullseye Moth 1702-03

RCIN 921166

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The banana tree is not indigenous to the Americas, but was introduced by the Spanish from south-east Asia and cultivated for its fruit. Merian commented: ‘it is used like an apple, and has a pleasant flavour like apples in Holland; it is good both cooked and raw’.