#atozchallenge: I’m Going Bananas

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These yellow fruits grow in my yard, the oneacrewoods, because we have a subtropical climate. They do not like cold weather though, and sometimes a freeze does them in completely.  The plants pop up from rhizomes (called a corm) in the ground. Certain types of shoots will produce fruit and others won’t. They need a good gardener. They also need a lot of regular watering and lots of feeding. They are hungry and fast growing.

They have a big heavy flower stalk on which the fruit forms. If growing conditions are right, the cluster of bananas can be huge. This cluster had so many that we could not eat them all and had to freeze a lot for banana bread later.  The cluster can be picked when the fruit is still green and the ripening is gradual – you can kind of see that in the picture below.  Freeze your bananas without the peel in a zip lock bag. It’s handy if you put the amount called for in the recipe in one bag. If you click on the link above you’ll find a recipe for one of my favorites.  I like the bread to be very moist but also done all the way to the center, so be sure to bake it the full amount of time and test the center with a toothpick.

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The ones at the top ripen first. Clusters are attached in circles on the stem. Isn’t this an interesting arrangement?

I love growing bananas because the flavor is markedly better than the average commercial banana. That being said, I like any banana I can get (except the black ones). Bananas are nutrient dense and about 110 calories for an average sized fruit. They are known for being a good source of potassium, fiber, vitamins B6 and C and manganese. They have wonderful texture (great for baby’s first solid food), and they come packaged so conveniently. Don’t let anyone tell you a bad thing about bananas.

 

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Beautiful and plentiful.