“I'd rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not.”
― Lucille Ball

Friday, December 24, 2010


The messy banana tree
Everyone knows the banana. Every supermarket in the world sells banana's. Nothing special. But ...

Not everyone recognizes the tree, so here it is.

As you can see it is not a nice tree and to be honest it is basically not a tree.

The stem is like an onion, it has a lot of soft layers, which can be peeled off. The big leaves look very messy, but are very useful for all kind of purposes in the kitchen as to pack food for cooking or to use as a table sheet.

The flower protected by grey leaves, the banana's are already harvested

Even more amazingly is the banana flower. It is a big, usually red organ, that is also used in the kitchen. In the Chinese and Philippine kitchen it is cooked as a vegetable. In the Thai kitchen it is served as a kind of salad with spicy dishes. It is easy to buy in the market in the Philippines.

I am not a specialist in this area, but believe that this flower is the reason that banana's have no seed. The seed is in the flower, a remarkable phenomenon.

We intend also to plant some banana trees - several different types and tastes - not in the garden, but in the back yard. Just to make it green and of course because of the banana's themselves.



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