I can hardly believe it, but yes, I have my very first banana harvest! Some of you may remember that back in April I posted a photo of the banana flower with the little bananas growing around it, and then in May I made a salad with that very flower (recipe here) which was delicious! Well, many months have gone by, I was almost giving up on my bunch, and before leaving in December I thought that maybe I wasn't going to find any bananas upon my return. But they were still there, and fatter! And then a couple of days ago I noticed some yellow... I know that it may sound silly but I was so excited!
Please consider that I grew up in a mountain village in the North of Italy: we don't do bananas there! We were actually too high even to grow tomatoes, let alone anything remotely tropical. This must be why I am so over the moon and OMG and still cannot believe it!
With my trusty machete I cut the banana bunch off the plant, one thing that I have learned living in the bush is that if I don't hurry other creatures will, and I read that banana can finish ripening on the kitchen bench. Of course I had to taste one immediately! OMG again and again, I swear that this is the best ever tasting banana I ever had, it is perfect, and has a citrusy note and perfect texture. Maybe I am just proud, and happy, but I cannot remember any banana tasting better that this one! My little boy (the biggest banana consumer in the household) agrees with me, so that's nice :-). I have 46 of them, yuppy!!!
And nothing to do with bananas, but I have Cape gooseberries too :-)
Photos by Alessandra Zecchini ©