Sunday, May 10, 2009
These are from the banana tree at Capi's Apartment in April. They are fully ripe, green bananas. They taste just like yellow bananas, and they are delicious. The yellow bananas in the bunch are overripe - still good, but you have to eat them fast.
Miguel shared the bunch with neighbors and brought a big bunch home. We ate the bananas every day and served them to our guests in the morning fruit bowl. Then Miguel went to Oaxaca and left me with about 15 very ripe bananas. I ate what I could but then they got to the stage of over-ripeness, and if there's one thing I don't like, it's over-ripe, mushy bananas. (there are lots of other things I don't like, but this story is about bananas).
I hated to throw out the bananas so decided I would make banana bread. Since the bananas were attracting fruit flies, I stuffed them in the fridge. Then I got busy around the house and didn't get around to making the banana bread. Sadly, the bananas ended up in the compost.
Yesterday there was a smaller bunch of green bananas on the counter. As I tried to peel the banana I noticed that it was not peeling nicely, and the banana inside was hard. I popped a piece on my mouth and it tasted like wooden chalk. Blah!
Miguel later informed me that those bananas came from the market, and they are yellow bananas, and were very unripe as green bananas. Beware the green banana!
There are different types of bananas here too. Normal bananas, as we think of them, and then 'macho', which are usually the ones fried and put on the side of your meal. On Friday Miguel prepared platano macho for our guests - fried, topped with jam and crema. Delicious!
So, when you buy bananas here, make sure you know if they are green or yellow, and normal or macho. Otherwise you'll get a surprise.