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Giant Bananas!
« on: January 24, 2010, 09:40:14 am »
My mother in law brought home a single giant banana one day. It was the first time I had seen such a large banana. One of our nannies says they had these giant bananas in her province but she couldn’t remember what they were called. A bunch had only 6 to 10 bananas.

We ate this banana. It’s taste was not impressive. Now I know why it is not commercialized. Please reply here with the name of this giant banana.

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Re: Giant Bananas!
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2010, 02:15:07 pm »
It looks like the macho banana I ate in Mexico. Mine was the same size, but no brown on it. I liked it - more taste than the Cavendish (?) bananas we get in Canada.
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Re: Giant Bananas!
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2010, 02:28:26 pm »
Have you seen giant avocados? They started popping up in grocery stores about a year ago. They're like 3-4 times bigger than regular avocados. They taste pretty bad!

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Re: Giant Bananas!
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2010, 02:55:46 pm »
Have you seen giant avocados? ... They're like 3-4 times bigger than regular avocados. They taste pretty bad!

    Those may be natural.  Do they taste "watery"?  Haas I believe were bred to taste nutlike.
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Re: Giant Bananas!
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2010, 09:54:19 pm »
Have you seen giant avocados? They started popping up in grocery stores about a year ago. They're like 3-4 times bigger than regular avocados. They taste pretty bad!

those are florida avocados, the other "regular" are hass avocados
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Re: Giant Bananas!
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2010, 06:05:18 am »
An interesting find! They're probably more natural hense them not tasting too great.

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Re: Giant Bananas!
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2010, 07:05:30 pm »
Well it looks good. Nice and spotty. That's exactly how I like to eat bananas.

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Re: Giant Bananas!
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2010, 04:02:25 pm »
How much did that cost???
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Re: Giant Bananas!
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2010, 02:41:37 am »
I've had manzo bananas at fruit and spice park in south tip of Florida. They are indeed huge but I don't know if they are much more close to the 'original' un-hybridized bananas. From the pic it looks somewhat plantain-like. was it at all starchy?

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Florida avos shipped up north tend to be picked prematurely (and seem to be affected by this much more so than normal fruit) I find them far less edible than hass. but a Florida avo eaten off the ground, ripened in the sun, is like eating a lush mango, only fatty instead of sweet.

I've heard some cali (hass type) avos can get quite big but never seen one myself.
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Re: Giant Bananas!
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2010, 01:04:07 pm »


I've heard some cali (hass type) avos can get quite big but never seen one myself.

Not hass-type, but the Fuerte (green semi-smooth, semi-pebbly skin) can get pretty enormous, pretty close to as large as the Florida-style avos.

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Re: Giant Bananas!
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2010, 01:39:37 pm »
ah, I assumed they were just another kind of hass. I have heard the term fuerte but have probably never seen one. does it ripen brown?

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Re: Giant Bananas!
« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2010, 11:46:58 am »
ah, I assumed they were just another kind of hass. I have heard the term fuerte but have probably never seen one. does it ripen brown?

No, it does not darken.

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Re: Giant Bananas!
« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2010, 10:33:02 am »
There is a large avocado I see at the Hispanic grocery stores. Smooth skin, sweeter in taste.

http://www.ca2pr.com/images/hugeavocado.jpg

I think this is it.

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Re: Giant Bananas!
« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2010, 11:21:46 am »
Looks like a florida avocado. Not huge, just more water content/less fat. Tastes awful in my opinion, like the carambolas you can get at supermarkets (like Publix). Yuck. But if you're a bit dehydrated, then it's ok (just add some raw fat and unheated honey to improve the taste).
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Re: Giant Bananas!
« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2010, 08:14:36 am »
Yeah, now that you mentioned it. It does seem like it has more water.