Sunday, May 26, 2013

Banana Hammock

Just about 12 months ago, we planted our banana suckers (courtesy of Dee) into the ground. Today, we have fruit ripening on them. It was actually about two weeks ago that I noticed the bud. I had been on the lookout for a while, so was pretty excited when I saw it there.

It took a few days to turn red and droop downwards, and then it was only another day before we saw the baby bananas on the stalk. They form under a petal, and the stalk keeps growing down towards the ground.

Each day we get a new hand of bananas - we're up to 6 at the moment, and I'm expecting many more to come.

Once the bananas have all formed, we'll try cooking something with the banana flower, and then we wait for the fruit to ripen.


Millie said...

Oh how it reminds me of my beautiful island of Puerto Rico...enjoy those delicious bananas Theresa.They are the best.

Dee said...

They are a Ducasse variety, so delicious! Very excited to see how far they have come in a year. I love the look of the plant in the garden, so tall and tropical. We have learned that you can cut a green hand (when they plump up) and it will ripen in a few days. Discovered this after a cyclone, when even really under developed fruit yellowed and ripened.

Joey said...

I cracked up when I saw the title of your post! Looking forward to seeing what you do with the fully formed fruit (apart from a happy dance of banana arrival!)

urban vegan said...

How exciting! There's a banana tree at the hotel in St Martin where Pablo and I stay and it looks exactly like yours. Looking forward to seeing a banana-rama of recipes.

Carrie™ said...

I just think it's wild that you have a banana tree! Since I'm in Canada, the best we get are apples, peaches, etc. cherries, strawberries...nothing that I consider exotic. I even think it's pretty cool that people who live in California or Florida can have lemon and grapefruit trees in their backyards. But a banana tree blows them all away!