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Old 07-03-2014, 03:55 PM
 
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Where I used to live, there was a botanical garden that had a banana tree that produced little bananas with light blue skin. Anyone familiar with those?
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Old 07-03-2014, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Here is an interesting article about Bananas in Hawaii. Paragraphs 5 and 6 speak to the export business from Hawaii.

Selecting the perfect banana for your garden | Hawaii Tribune-Herald

about Hawaii's Apple Bananas- I've never had one

http://accidentalscientist.blogspot....in-hawaii.html
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Old 07-03-2014, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Here's another interesting Bananas documentary:

[vimeo]4497137[/vimeo]
BANANAS!* trailer on Vimeo
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Old 07-03-2014, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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Where I used to live, there was a botanical garden that had a banana tree that produced little bananas with light blue skin. Anyone familiar with those?
That's the Ice Cream Banana.
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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Hawaii doesn't grow that many bananas anymore. Most of the old Dole fields are now fields of houses. Also a lot of the bananas that are grown in Hawaii are eaten in Hawaii. I think 50% of the bananas eaten in Hawaii are grown locally, that's a much higher number than most other edibles. The production costs are much higher in Hawaii than in Costa Rica or Ecuador, too. Which is the reason no more sugar is grown in Hawaii. When the government trade agreements with other countries allowed them to ship their sugar to the US, Hawaii's sugar industry immediately died. I don't know if bananas are connected to that or not, though.

However, there may be hope for Hawaii bananas again at some point: Hawaii Bananas Could Be Set For Resurgence

It looks like they are picking the bananas a bit on the green side and I wonder how many centipedes fall on the guy carrying the bananas on his shoulder? They look to be all Cavendish bananas, too.

Hawaii has loads of different varieties of bananas, but most of them are grown in back yards. We have "Chinese Dwarf" and some sort of "gulch" banana in our backyard. The Chinese Dwarf is a Cavendish type, I think. The "gulch" banana is an unknown variety that we pulled a keiki (banana root corm that grows into a new banana plant) out of a gulch awhile back. I think it is an "apple" or Brazilian type. Sweeter and smaller fruits but the plant is a lot taller than the dwarf and is getting too big for the back yard.

Here's a chart of the different bananas grown on our island: hawaiifruit.net/bib1417-lowR.jpg#sthash.48aNFA0z.dpuf Unfortunately for folks on the mainland, not many bananas from these plants will be shipped off island.
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:41 PM
 
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Thanks so much for all this information. I read up on bananas for over 2 hours last night. One site led to another and before I knew it I was up past midnight!
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Old 07-04-2014, 12:01 AM
 
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l924olE7ZJU
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Old 07-04-2014, 01:26 AM
 
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HctWBcPxaw
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Old 07-04-2014, 07:46 AM
 
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There are many varieties of bananas, 70 more or less according to Wikipedia. Here's one shop in south India selling numerous varieties (from Wikipedia).
The little green birdie must be the assistant shopkeeper!
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Old 07-04-2014, 08:31 AM
 
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Adding bananas to fruit salad with orange juice and pomegranate seeds gives so delicious taste.
Banana milk: Put in electrical blender : bananas, milk, vanilla, small Pieces of ice, a little sugar and mix them together then serve it. It's really refreshed drink.
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