One of the most fascinating topics I studied as an undergrad was about the sinister role the United Fruit Company, known today as Chiquita Banana, played in shaping the history of Central and Latin America. The fruit followed a long, and complicated path to become the “world’s fourth major food, after rice, wheat and milk.”. It’s bizarre to think of the innocent banana toppling governments and becoming a symbol of U.S. global imperialism, but the yellow fruit certainly has a checkered past!
Citation: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division, The New York Public Library. (1900). Loading Bananas into Plantation Cars for Transportation, Banana Fields, Costa Rica, C. A. Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/5e66b3e8-9c55-d471-e040-e00a180654d7
Citation: Carpenter, F. G. Three men in a boat transporting bananas to the city markets in Panama. Panama, None. [Between 1890 and 1923] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/89713947/.
You can learn more about United Fruit Company by listening to this episode of Throughline on NPR.
 Kurtz-Phelan, Daniel. 2020. “Big Fruit”. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/02/books/review/Kurtz-Phelan-t.html.