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Old 10-16-2015, 03:43 AM   #1
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Banana hands?

It's amazing what you can learn at 3am when you can't sleep. I'm going to lay back down and dream of banana hands.

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That's really neat. A lot of manual labor. We had a banana patch in our yard when we lived in Hawaii. If you get the latex on your clothes and it dries, it leaves a stain. There are a bunches of different varieties of bananas, too.
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And all for less than $1/pound!

You're scraping the bottom of the 3am viewing barrel there Tailgate.
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That was interesting. Learned quite a "bunch". Thx.


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The adhesive on the Dole stickers is amazing - it even sticks to wet bananas.
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I was surprised by that too... and they peel off easily at home.
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People grow them here, but they don't always make it through the "winter".
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Banana trees are the worst kind of weed here because of the 60+" annual rainfall, humidity, unusually fertile soil, and hot temperatures. I don't recall them being such a weed when I lived in Hawaii, although I didn't own a home there. But here, conditions are such that banana plants just go nuts and grow like crazy. I had a banana jungle in the back yard of my old house, that took most of every Saturday for me to keep cut back with saws and machetes. I tried roundup, salt, all the conventional treatments trying to kill these plants but they were determined to take over the universe. Banana trees are extremely hardy and they are all connected with underground roots, so they are really hard to eradicate completely. You have to dig up all the roots to even get to what you need to kill, and it is hard not to miss some so they spring back from those I guess and can take over the whole yard again faster than the speed of light. I hired professionals to kill them for me but to no avail. I still have old "yardwork clothes" with banana juice stains on them, although I got rid of dozens of such t-shirts before my move. The juice is very sticky and awful and hard to scrub off your hands and arms or to get off of any tools used, too.

Did I mention that I hated having banana trees in my yard? OK, maybe this post is a little extreme and a bit of a vent, but I did not like having them.

After about 10 years of struggling with them my wonderful, devout Christian fireman neighbor offered to kill them for me. What a good man. He hated them hanging over the fence into his yard, not to mention the critters that live in a banana jungle and that were causing his dog to bark a lot. He said he had some chemicals that were no longer legal but that would do the trick, so I said sure, have at it. He probably turned my backyard into a future Superfund site, but at that point I didn't care and he got rid of the banana trees somehow! And I got my Saturdays back. What a wonderful neighbor.

I pity ANYBODY in New Orleans trying to cope with banana trees. Oh, and before you ask, most banana trees do not bear the beautiful Dole bananas that you see in the store. Besides, I would never eat a city grown banana here, because I suspect there isn't one that hasn't been exposed to copious quantities of Roundup at sometime or other via the root connections.

When I was growing up in Hawaii, we had a lot of different types of bananas that I loved eating like Apple bananas (that look like bananas but taste like apples), and so on. Right now my favorite type of backyard bananas is "no bananas".
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I have traveled in the tropics and always wondered why 1) they put plastic "bags" on the banana bunches as they are growing and 2) why those bags are blue.

Does anyone know?

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Banana hands vs Jazz hands. LOL.

Off to go make some banana bread since I let our bananas get overripe.
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I have traveled in the tropics and always wondered why 1) they put plastic "bags" on the banana bunches as they are growing and 2) why those bags are blue.

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They also put condoms on bananas in sex education classes.

Probably not related.
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They also put condoms on bananas in sex education classes.

Probably not related.
That sounds like lots more fun than seeing diagrams of eggs moving down the Fallopian tubes (which is what we got instead).
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A bad case of banana-hands, eh?

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I have traveled in the tropics and always wondered why 1) they put plastic "bags" on the banana bunches as they are growing and 2) why those bags are blue.

Does anyone know?

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no explanation about the blue though......a wild guess.....to block some of the light w/o excessive heating as a black bag would do so a compromise.
https://rccostarica.wordpress.com/20...going-bananas/

Another link says this: "Tip: commercial banana growers use bunch covers (plastic bags open at both ends that they slip over the bunch and tie at the top) to protect bananas from diseases, insects, sunburn and marauders. You can try to buy those bags at a rural supplies store, or beg some of a grower"..........didn't think about them being open at the bottom..................http://www.tropicalpermaculture.com/...g-bananas.html

...and another......"Bagging your bunches serves a number of purposes. It holds in the available heat which is important during cold or cool weather. Bananas also give off ethylene oxide as they ripen. Bagging keeps that gas close to the fruit, which in turn accelerates ripening. It prevents fruits from developing blemishes. The plastic also serves as a barrier to keep out tree rats and other pest species that like to feed on bananas."

and still another...........http://homeguides.sfgate.com/protect...uit-66782.html

"It takes an additional four to eight months for the fruits to ripen. Flowering and fruiting times depend upon variety. This is a long time to wait for delicious banana fruits, and it would be a shame to lose them to birds, insects or elemental damage. Even the plant’s own leaves can blemish or damage the peels, reducing the fruit’s resistance to rot. Commercial producers use expensive plastic banana bunch bags that often are impregnated with insecticides to protect banana bunches. You can protect your bananas with cheap plastic garbage bags.
"Cut the bottom seam off a large plastic garbage bag with scissors. Choose a clear bag if the bananas are protected from sunlight by the plant’s leaves. If the fruits are exposed to strong direct sunlight, use an opaque white garbage bag.
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Slide the plastic garbage bag up over all the banana bunches. Gather the end of the bag around the stalk just above the top bunch of fruit. Secure it to the stalk with a piece of string. Leave the bottom of the bag open to allow for air circulation. This also keeps the fruits from overheating inside the plastic covering."
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banana boxes.......my favorite travel companion. You can tie/tape 2 boxes together so they only count as one for the airlines. If the load gets slightly bigger on the return trip,the boxes are expandable (top slides over bottom piece) but don't violate the 62" combined L/W/H rule. You also need a piece
of cardboard to cover up the extra large holes on top/bottom.
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no explanation about the blue though......a wild guess.....to block some of the light w/o excessive heating as a black bag would do so a compromise.
https://rccostarica.wordpress.com/20...going-bananas/

Another link says this: "Tip: commercial banana growers use bunch covers (plastic bags open at both ends that they slip over the bunch and tie at the top) to protect bananas from diseases, insects, sunburn and marauders. You can try to buy those bags at a rural supplies store, or beg some of a grower"..........didn't think about them being open at the bottom..................Growing Bananas - How To Grow Banana Plants And Keep Them Happy

...and another......"Bagging your bunches serves a number of purposes. It holds in the available heat which is important during cold or cool weather. Bananas also give off ethylene oxide as they ripen. Bagging keeps that gas close to the fruit, which in turn accelerates ripening. It prevents fruits from developing blemishes. The plastic also serves as a barrier to keep out tree rats and other pest species that like to feed on bananas."

and still another...........How to Protect Bunches of Banana Fruit | Home Guides | SF Gate

"It takes an additional four to eight months for the fruits to ripen. Flowering and fruiting times depend upon variety. This is a long time to wait for delicious banana fruits, and it would be a shame to lose them to birds, insects or elemental damage. Even the plantís own leaves can blemish or damage the peels, reducing the fruitís resistance to rot. Commercial producers use expensive plastic banana bunch bags that often are impregnated with insecticides to protect banana bunches. You can protect your bananas with cheap plastic garbage bags.
"Cut the bottom seam off a large plastic garbage bag with scissors. Choose a clear bag if the bananas are protected from sunlight by the plantís leaves. If the fruits are exposed to strong direct sunlight, use an opaque white garbage bag.
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Slide the plastic garbage bag up over all the banana bunches. Gather the end of the bag around the stalk just above the top bunch of fruit. Secure it to the stalk with a piece of string. Leave the bottom of the bag open to allow for air circulation. This also keeps the fruits from overheating inside the plastic covering."
Hey, thanks, kaneohe!

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Wow, I never knew it is such a manual intensive labor.
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With this title, I was expecting see a freakish photo of a hand that looked like bananas...
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