Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Apple bananas

I've always wanted to have fruit trees.  I imagined an orchard of apple, pear, and peach trees that would have beautiful blossoms in the spring, and delicious fruit in the summer and fall.  Well, the house we moved into here on Oahu has fruit trees!  But of course it's all tropical fruit.  :)  We arrived at the end of July, and there were ripe mangoes on a tree in the backyard.  And our neighbors showed us that we have strawberry guavas as well.  (Sadly, this is an invasive species.)  There are also a few coconut palms, and a bunch of banana trees.

When we lived in the Middle East, my husband tried valiantly to grow a couple of banana trees in our small yard.  They would always grow nicely for a while, but the summers were just too hot in Al Ain.  And if we happened to go on vacation during the summer, there was no hope for them.

So we've been keeping an eye on our banana trees ever since we got here.  And last week the bananas finally looked ready to take down from the tree.

They are called apple bananas, and right now we have more than we can eat.  My oldest daughter likes to make fruit smoothies, so that's been wonderful, and we've frozen some.  We have more bananas ripening, though, so I need to figure out what to do with them all.  Any suggestions?


  1. Looks like you could ship them to all your friends for an early Christmas present. :)

  2. Can you dry then to make banana chips?