Day ‘O

January 2nd, 2007

Banana Tree Stages…

We have a short, bush-like banana tree in the ocean-side yard with bananas in various degrees of ripeness.

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This is the youngest stalk of bananas on the tree. You can see the cone shaped flower thing is still pretty big.

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This stalk is a little more mature.

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The odd looking red fleshy thing is on of many shriveling “leaf/petal” bits being shed by the cone-shaped flower at the end of the stalk pictured above. The flower “shrinks” and eventually falls off as the stalk matures.

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And here is a ripe stalk – the fruit at the top becomes ripe first. We have to pick the yellow ones daily, about 4-5 every morning. They are best if allowed to ripen to the point where they just start to split their skins, but no longer (the ants are vicious!).

2 Responses to “Day ‘O”

  1. Ted Says:

    These are “lady finger” bananas. After a “tree” has fruited, that stalk should be uprooted and discarded. It will never fruit again.

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