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Bananas: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly News

Updated on January 6, 2016

Bananas Meeting Their Maker?

This all started the other night when my husband was reading an article about bananas. The article, in the paper about how bananas, as we know them, are being attacked by some new fungus and are being phased out.

Well. This news hit me with a bang. I do not eat bananas very regularly, but lately I have been eating some dried ones with pineapple and papaya pieces. So, online I went and Googled the article.

Bananas Are Not All Created Equal

The bananas that we know today are yellow. Well. At least, I eat them when they are yellow. I prefer them when they are overripe, almost black, but that's me. My husband loves to eat them when the peels are green.

I cannot eat them when they are green because for some reason, my teeth are sensitive to something in the banana and they react to the banana by feeling really dry. Almost painful. So, I avoid green bananas.

Things I Learned

Bananas are not all yellow. Some are different colors. There are red, pink, and purple bananas. All apparently quite palatable, but people are so conditioned to accept only yellow bananas that sales of other colors of bananas are not quite as successful.

I admit that I have seen other types of bananas in the store and I have never been adventurous enough to try them.

My sister, who used to live in Hawaii, had some smaller bananas that she referred to as banana fingers. They were tasty.

Banana Songs

Over the years, I have learned a couple banana songs...

No Bananas

Chiquita Banana

How About You

Have you heard the truth about bananas? What is it.

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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for this analysis of my beloved bananas.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I've heard about the banana fungus, which is worrying, but I didn't know that there were red, pink and purple bananas. Thanks for sharing the information.