Sunday, October 17, 2010

Banana belt

Bananas grow and produce fruit in BC. Outside. Who knew?

Banana flower, with clumps of developing green bananas, in a front yard in Tsawwassen.

Front view of flower.

The big bud contains the beginnings of many small flowers, such as the ones under the lifted sepal. Each flower develops into one banana; behind the fresh blooms are a clump of baby bananas with drying flowers at the tip. The next clump up the stem has dropped most of the blooms, except for a few black threads.

They're still a long way from ripening, but now the days are cool, the nights chilly. Even in Tsawwassen. I don't think they'll make it, at least on the tree.


  1. I'm surprised that the trees can survive that far north. As you say, "Who knew?"

  2. Not in my front yard :o)

  3. It is great surprise when banana can life at this condition. So, you have a great found item.

  4. I love the taste of home grown bananas. When I was a kid we would often go to the house of family friends in Southern California. They house was on about an acre of land and the back part was almost like a jungle as I recall. There were several banana trees with the tangiest tasty fruit. Ever since then I only like slightly green bananas to get that same taste. - Margy

  5. Margy, I remember bananas in the tropics, warmed by the sun and fresh picked. So flavourful!


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