Apparently the perfect banana is difficult to find. During the supply chain issues, COVID staffing issues, and having someone else pick groceries out for curbside pick up I have been missing the perfect banana.
My last bunch of bananas was totally green. I forgot to take a before picture but it has been over a week since I picked these guys up and they still are not getting any yellow on them at all. They are a little different color than when I got them but just another shade of green.
Seeing this sad little bunch of bananas sitting on my counter made me wax poetic about a time when I had THE perfect banana. I took a picture and even wrote about it because it needed to be documented. Please enjoy my Ode to the Perfect Banana. Maybe one day I will find another one.
I found it today. The perfect banana. What makes up a perfect banana, you may ask? I know it is different for everyone but for me it is yellow with a hint of green. No brown on the peel whatsoever. Brown is bad. Unless you are making banana bread and cookies. It was firm and stringless when I peeled it. It was quite simply put—perfection in a peel. I ate it and reveled in the flavor and texture. And then I got a little sad. You could even say I was verklempt. Because it was gone. I realized I did not savor it as much as I should have. I did take a picture but seriously–will I ever find another banana of that magnitude again? I am doubtful. It embodied every thing that I love in a banana. Insert sad face here. There are lessons in this banana story. Seize the day. Savor the moment. Enjoy the experience. Live life to the fullest. Add your own to the list.
You know that I strive to live up to the tagline of my blog—Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary–every day. Today I am going to offer you up some facts about my extraordinary banana as found on a great website Today I Found Out.
1. Bananas are naturally radioactive. They contain high amounts of Potassium-40 which is a radioactive isotope of potassium.
2. There are about 1000 types of bananas in the world but most of them are not suitable to eat. The Cavendish is the commercially produced and favored plant.
3. Over 100 million bananas are consumed annually in the world
4. Americans each eat about 26. 2 pounds of bananas a year making them the favored fruit.
5. People in Uganda eat an average of 500 pounds of bananas EACH yearly. Wow!
6. Bananas don’t really grow on trees. They grow from a root structure that has an above ground stem and is actually classified as an arborescent (tree like) perennial herb!
7. The banana fruit is actually a berry!
8. A cluster of bananas is actually called a “hand” with a single banana being called a “finger”.
Hope my little extraordinary banana made your day today. You know it is a slow day when I write about bananas. But please—tell me how you like yours! Remember to leave me a comment and Comment for a Cause for Mountain Laurel Animal Rescue.
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I love bananas and I agree it is hard to find a “just right” (as Goldilocks would say) banana. But I use the over ripe ones to bake delicious muffins and bread. Hubby doesn’t eat much fruit and vegetables but he loves bananas so we usually have some in a bowl on the dining room table. I love your facts and have seen them grow in the Caribbean, fascinating.
Omg. I like to eat a banana every day but like it’s been impossible to find the “perfect” ones. I like mine the same way. The last batch I got went from green to brown and I’m so sad. The banana muffins will be good I guess.
I have a banana every day in a fruit smoothie, so banana perfection is not required! Eating a banana alone as a snack gives me terrible heartburn.
Good post! We’ve been pretty fortunate with our deliveries. Another banana variable for us is size- not too big and not too small.
Love bananas. And using curbside pickup for groceries has shown me various shades of green
Chuck & I both like bananas. I like mine just like you. Do not want any brown. Thanks for the facts. I did know some of them.
I’m one of those for whom the jingle was written. “When they’re flecked with brown and a golden touch, bananas are the best for you!” They’re not digestible until the peels start to darken and the fruit starts to soften.
My husband used to buy bananas and usually eat the whole bunch–by ones–before I found them fit to eat. It seemed like a compensation because he said apples and peaches disagreed with him.
Try putting the bunch of green ones in a paper bag. That somehow works sometimes.
I agree, the perfect banana is very elusive. Expecially ow that we aren’t going inside the grocery store, and some young person is picking out my produce and meat. Two things I have reluctantly given over, along with the other grocery items to an unknown shopper. I can’t wait until I can choose my own produce again!