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Old 11-01-2008, 02:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hiya Post pictures of banana-sellers here

Here's an idea - take a picture of where you buy your bananas (the ones you're not growing, of course!)

I'll go first. This is a picture of the "banana sector" of the fresh-market where I shop. The whole schmoo is outdoors in the overflow parking lot of a football stadium, and it's about 2 square blocks of market. Produce is arranged by sectors, so that all banana sellers, for example, are in one general area, as are the fresh fish sellers, pineapple people, potatos and other tubers, etc. etc.

I apologize for image quality, it's a cel-phone camera photo. Nanners as far as the eye can see! This particular stall specializes in Oritos by the raceme, but also sells green and mature Platanos and occasionally has a raceme of Reds as well. Everything in the stall is $1 US.

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Old 11-01-2008, 02:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Great picture! I don't think my local supermarket would be nearly as interesting.
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Lorax, $1 buys a whole raceme???

That's a lot of bananas!
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Old 11-01-2008, 05:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Do they allow tasting of samples?

I know this is a commodity, but as a visitor, I might want a preview....
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They do, actually. If you ask nicely, most sellers will give you a finger as proof of quality. This actually holds true for most eat-out-of-hand type fruits offered. For example, I am often offered strawberries or small peaches to test before I buy.
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WOW that is awesome, wish I was there right now.
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Reminds me. Whenever I go in a supermarket (local, or places I'm visiting), I always make a run through the produce department, to see if they have anything weird, that I can plant. One time, in Fort Lauderdale, (Florida) I saw some passionfruit. I brought one to the checkout, and the clerk said to me, "Before I ring this up, I want to say they're expensive." I thought, OK, I'm only getting one. It came up at US$1.95. The next day, we visited a local (huge) flea market and, in the produce section, a woman had them at her stand. I asked how much, and she said, " Six for a dollar." I said that I couldn't use six, two woud be enough, and how much did I owe? She said, "A quarter." (25¢) I enjoyed the juice, planted the seeds and, in 7 months, had flowers and, in 10 months, ripe fruit.
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I should actually mention that I don't normally buy a whole raceme, because I can't eat that many bananas before they go all black and icky. I buy a large hand (somewhere between 20 and 30 fingers) for $1 from another vendor, who normally throws in three to six loose Sedas regardless of what or how much I buy. She also sells mandarin oranges the size of standard navels, at anywhere 25 to 30 for $1.

And on the subject of passionfruits, I bought 25 purple maracuya for $1 today, and I'm looking forward to juicing them.
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All I can say is WOW! I would be in heaven. Thanks for the pictures.
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I love that picture!!!!

Lets just pretend that I stood in front of IGA or Kroger and took pictures. haha

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I've been selling passion fruit for 25 cents each here in San Diego. I guess it's time to lower the price!
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Berkeley Bowl in Northern California has a nice banana selection with 6-8 types but it's about an hour drivefrom here so I seldom go here.
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I get mine at the gas station, wanna see a picture?
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OK, Scot, show us the picture. I really want to post some of my early experiences with TC, (not bananas, at that time, but I do have a pear tree in my yard that I grew from TC, and is now almost 30 years old), but I can't seem to find the time. Will be able to do it pretty soon, I hope.
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Great stuff lorax! Boy am I jealous. By the way my first attempt at speaking Spanish did not go so well. The girl at the register spoke no English and it didn't go as well as it could have. I did however end up with some Bonito bananas from Ecuador I assume are some var. of Cavendish as well as some unidentified plantains and some small ones I'm guessing were "goldfinger". A friend of my wife's who gave me the tostones and sauce recipe for the plantains is going to go to a big market about an hour away that supposedly has a huge selection of all kinds of produce and has volunteered to be my translator. I'll let you know how it goes.....Bob
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Bonitos (I've been to the plantation) are Cavendishes, no doubt about it. Post a pic of your tiny nanners, I'll be able to tell you which kind they are.

And Chironex - You simply MUST post a picture of your gas-station banana store.
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Old 11-03-2008, 06:49 PM   #17 (permalink)
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ok here is where I get my nanners.. Mind you population of the town here is around 2,000.. Allyson sweetly neatened up the table so I could snap this shot.. Inspite of it was me that messed it up searching for the best bunches..



To make it a little more exciting... here is my fav nanner snack..
Nanner dipped in dry tang... YUMMMMM!!!!


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Old 11-06-2008, 11:28 PM   #18 (permalink)
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you can imagine my suprise when I found these little gems at my local....





I bought every one they had.. and the kids ador them!!!
Are these Dwarf Cavendish??
I need to put these on my got to have list!!!
Any other brave souls gonna post their local nanner fix???
Can't be worse than mine..
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Those minis are most likely not DCavs, since my Dcavs are never that round. Did the Dole Minis bag have a country of origin for those? They look like Oritos but there's somehting not quite right about the shape and size. The big ones are obviously standard Cavs - dwarf Cavs look exactly the same, just a touch shorter and growing on a shorter pstem.

Compare: this photo is Oritos and Sedas and Rosados.

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Could they be Veinte Cohol?
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