Bananas!

23 September 2009
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Bananas grow just about everywhere here in Sri Lanka to the point that you’d swear they grow wild. Oh, wait, they probably do. :p

Lots of people have banana plants growing in their yards. Go for a five minute walk in our neighborhood, and you’ll pass dozens to hundreds of banana plants, depending on how fast you walk. 😉

Next door to us is an empty lot where cows generally graze, tied to a banana plant or coconut palm or, sometimes, not tied to anything at all but freely roam. There are a half dozen or so banana plants on that lot, so it’s pretty safe to say that there are generally bananas in various degrees of growing and ripening over there. Here’s a picture of some of those bananas.

These bananas are still on the plant, not ready for picking yet.

These bananas are much shorter than any bananas I ever saw in Canada, which were usually 5" or longer.

On the right are kolikuttu bananas, which are considered to be the best bananas. They’re sweet and flavourful.

I asked Fahim about the bananas on the left. He wasn’t sure what kind they were, but he said they looked to him like a hybrid. They’re not ripe yet, so we haven’t tasted them.

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5 Responses

  1. #1
    Ana 

    They definetly look like delicious bananas even though not ripe. Do you cook them too?
    .-= Ana´s last blog ..Light in colour =-.

  2. #2
    Laurie 

    You know, back in Canada, I liked bananas. Didn’t love ’em, only liked ’em. But these kolikuttu bananas? We get a bunch like in the above picture and it’s gone in a day or two. More like five or six hours if Fahim’s parents are here, too. 😀

    I haven’t cooked these bananas, no, although I do, in general, like frying them in butter and drizzling them in chocolate. I bet these would be great that way.

    We also get plantain which I do cook. That usually ends up curried, though. 🙂

  3. #3
    imesh 

    Try making banana fritters with over ripe “ambul kesel”
    Its heavenly when its served hot with mango sauce, brown sugar and cinnamon powder

  4. #4
    Luke 

    Frozen bananas in chocolate Yum! I slice them and then i make little chocolate coins 🙂 If i make them like before (whole) there is to much taste of banana and to less of chocolate.

    Coins are perfect though !

  5. #5
    Kate Brown Wilson 

    Hello there in the place where I use to live they make use of banana as a treat try making caramelize banana make use of brown sugar in frying this fruit.

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