Popular speculation says that bananas originated in East Asia and Oceania. Some believe that bananas have been cultivated since ancient times, even before rice was being cultivated.
Sailors from all over carried bananas to different parts of the world. Portuguese sailors brought bananas to Europe from West Africa in the early 15th century. They also brought bananas to the Canary Islands and to the West Indies. The Spanish missionary Friar Tomas de Berlanga was the first person to bring bananas to North America. During that time period, bananas were reportedly red and green rather than the trademark yellow color they are known for today.