We love eating bananas, since they are a very healthy, sweet snack and a good thing to include in our diet. Bananas come with enzymes that help our body digest them (which is why they are used in baby food) and with loads of essential minerals and vitamins.
Currently our collection includes about 50 different kinds of banana, with some being very hard to find (Check out a list of all the bananas in our garden!). We are constantly looking for new kinds of banana, since every kind tastes at least a little different.
Some kinds of bananas are planted because of their beautiful appearance, such as the cream/snow banana or the black banana tree below:
Bananas can have all kinds of colors, like the red “Naak” banana or the black “Nam Wa” banana on those photos here:
One of the healthiest and most common bananas is the “Namwa” variety:
Many bananas are named after their shape:
Some kinds of banana have funny names:
Usually, bananas are harvested when they are still green, because birds and butterflies start eating the fruit as soon as it changes the color. We harvest them after the animals start eating the first fruit. This ensures that the fruit stays on the tree and ripens naturally for the longest possible period of time. The longer the banana stays on the tree, the more delicious they are in the end.
The banana tree itself is very useful, too! The flower and the inside of the trunk are edible, very nutritious (lots of dietary fiber) and very delicious. Further, the leaves can be used as a packing for food, and if you slice up the trunk and let it dry, it can be used to make rope. Banana tree is also a good fertilizer when buried in the earth and helps keeping water.
The banana tree has a multitude of medicinal benefits, too: when you stick a spoon in the banana trunk and collect the water and drink one spoonful it helps against an upset stomach, a tea of the banana flowers helps with menstrual pain.
Bananas, fermented banana tree, banana flowers, and fresh trunks can be used as chicken food, too.
In the past, children in Thailand used the leaves of the banana tree to make a big variety of toys, and the trunk can be used as a float.
Usually, banana trees are not planted by using their seeds, but by splitting off the small shoots that develop at the bottom root of the mother tree. See how many young trees evolve from one mother tree:
On the right side you see the main root ball (called rhizome), from which longer, regular roots called “suckers” grow that form the new trees to ensure the survival
We are currently expanding our collection, and since banana trees reproduce at a rapid rate, we share all kinds of banana with people who are interested.