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This Sh*t is Bananas

August 1, 2011

I came home today to this colossal pile of bananas on the kitchen counter. My first thought- awesome! My second thought- what the heck are we going to do with all of these bananas? There is already a gigantic bag of bananas in the freezer! But more so- AWESOME! I love that my boyfriend works at a fruit tree nursery!

The bananas on the top of the pile are your standard Williams variety, but those on the bottom are something really special that you don’t find on the Mainland U.S. They are called apple bananas or candy apple bananas. They are sweet and have a firmer texture than your Williams bananas, so they don’t get mushy- I love the taste and texture of these babies!

Look at what else he brought me.

It’s  a chempadek- jackfruit hybrid- a wonderful Southeast Asian fruit .  Jackfruit and chempadek are related species in the fig family (Moraceae).  Some genius fruit breeder decided to hybridize them, and this is what he got.  This baby weighed 14 lbs.!

It has so much fruit in there, you would not believe. We will have to put at least 3/4 of it in the freezer. The edible portion of the fruit tastes super sweet and creamy, it is really a unique flavor.  The  aroma is also something that is quite interesting.  Not quite as stinky as a Durian, but definitely pungent.  This is a fruit that truly must be tried to be appreciated.

They grow from the trucks of trees, and can get up to 75 lbs. It is hard to believe that a tree can support a fruit that big, but it’s for real.  Rumor has it that  jackfruit is the largest fruit in the world. 


What are your favorite exotic fruits? Have you tried anything out of the ordinary lately?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 1, 2011 8:01 pm

    I ate an excellent Pitaya today, which is a type of cactus, kind of like a dragon fruit.


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