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Embarrassed Bananas

Updated on January 30, 2012

Embarrassed Bananas - a short, short tale

I like bananas a lot. Most people do like bananas, at least I don’t think I have ever met anyone who disliked this particular fruit, and who couldn’t like a banana, really? I mean they are not only delicious, but good to eat in so many ways. They go good on top of your morning cereal, or in a smoothie, or a milkshake. Peanut butter and banana sandwiches are a personal favorite of mine, and then there is banana bread and banana splits…and I almost forgot, the peel and eat banana - as itself ! This is where banana lovers differ slightly in there preferences on the eating of a banana and the degree of it’s ripeness.

Most people I know, and this includes most of my family members, like to eat their bananas when they have just turned yellow, maybe still having the slightest green hue near the stem and still not real easy to peel. Then there are those folks who like to eat their bananas at the pinnacle of ripeness, at the height of full bodied flavor and creamy deliciousness. These perfect specimens may have lost some superficial beauty on the outside, the rind a deeper yellow, a few black spots here and there, yet they are a true taste sensation, the moment before its too late….the embarrassed banana .

In my childhood family that is what we called these ‘almost to the overripe point‘, bananas. Embarrassed. I have never heard anyone else call a banana embarrassed, I suppose the phrase originated somewhere, unless grandpa made it up and that is a possibility. My great-grandpa and I were the only two people in our family who preferred these embarrassed bananas, (he passed away a long time ago), now it’s just me. Whenever any of the others wrinkle their noses and ask why I am eating that yucky old banana, I just smile. I am not embarrassed!


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      K.A.E Grove 5 years ago from Australia

      its funny how its the little things we remember and cherish about those who are gone, embarrassed bananas is a perfect memory :) thank you for sharing it

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      pjpitts 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks so much for the comment, when I was a kid I thought that was the funniest thing to say about something to eat! I think they are better to bake with when they are embarrassed too!

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      pjpitts 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks for your appreciation! I was eating one of those embarrassed bananas the other day and my husband asked me what the heck I was eating that for, and I told him it was an embarrassed banana and it was delicious! He rolled his eyes and shook his head, that kind of inspired me to write that hub.

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      pjpitts 5 years ago from United States

      glad it gave you a laugh! Thanks

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Embarrased bananas! Funny! Well, I can say to my family now that I will bake the embarrased bananas because I don't like them. I love to bake a cake from the embarrased bananas. Thanks for sharing.

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      calico Stark 5 years ago from Earth for the time being

      I never thought I would enjoy a hub about bananas as I did reading yours. It was cute and informative and I am not embarrassed to say so! LOL!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Neat that you have this story about your grandfather! Embarrassed bananas--funny. :)