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Three Generation Banana Trees
From South Carolina To Georgia

by Marvella Ivery

Did you ever imagine that a banana could be a link to your heritage? Bananas are a great source of potassium which are great to eat before and after you exercise. This fruit is also great for your circulatory system for prevention of heart disease and stroke. Furthermore, it is also great for prevention of diabetes, weight loss aid, and nausea as well.

My family has always had an awesome appreciation for nature. My great grandparents had a banana tree in their yard three generations ago in Darlington County. My great grandfather's name is Wilson A. Martin and my great grandmother's name is Janie Ham Martin. My great grandmother loved outside and nature. She believed in planting her own fruits and vegetables. She also kept a beautiful flower garden as well. We affectionately called her, "Big Ma" as she was well known in the community. She believed in taking good care of her crops and flowers all year long. She would bury her flowers during the winter months under the ground. This was like an underground greenhouse. She planted a banana tree and she would bury her banana tree underground during the winter months as well also. This same banana tree was passed on to my grandparents, Otis and Beulah Martin in Timmonsville, South Carolina. My grandmother would cover the banana tree during the winter months which kept it ready to harvest more bananas. This same banana tree was passed on to the next generation in that of my mother, Modestine Martin Ivery. My mother planted the banana tree in her yard which has harvested several banana bunches. My mother's harvest of two large banana trees is a three-generational tree that has transcended from Darlington County to the city of Timmonsville, SC and now it resides in Macon, Georgia. The three-generational trees that have moved from state to state are still flourishing strong in 2013. This is an awesome blessing, heritage, and legacy advocating for healthy long lives for many years to come.

Gwenette Westbrooks
Modestine Martin Ivery has been growing banana trees
in Macon, Georgia for twenty years. Modestine Martin Ivery brought the banana tree that was started by her grandmother in the early 1900s in Darlington, South Carolina to Macon, Georgia which has flourished into two banana trees with several bunches as well.