Living in the “campo” (country), we are getting pretty amazingly close to nature.  Back on Tuesday Nick cleared invasive vines off of the Banana plants behind our house.  Today, as we were doing more gardening, I noticed something new on one of these “trees”– a rather large flower! 

Funny thing is that examination of the photos from Tuesday reveals the start of the flower (which we had totally missed at the time).  I’m glad I spotted the flower today as it clearly has moved into rapid banana production mode, as evidenced by the arrival of the first ‘hand’ of fruit.  Rest assured, we will now be monitoring the banana on a daily basis, with regular blog updates of course!  Damn exciting stuff!

Some facts you might not have known about bananas:

  • The banana is really not a tree but a herbaceous perennial. 
  • The banana fruit grow in hanging clusters, with up to 20 fruit to a tier (called a hand), and 3-20 tiers to a bunch.
  • The total of the hanging clusters is known as a bunch, or commercially as a “banana stem”, and can weigh from 30–50 kg.
  • The fruit averages 125 g, of which approximately 75% is water and 25% dry matter content.
  • The main or upright growth is called a pseudostem.
  • Each pseudostem produces a single bunch of bananas, before dying and being replaced by a new pseudostem.