Rare Banana

Discussion in 'EDIBLES AND SUSTAINIBILITY' started by Moose, Apr 8, 2012.

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    Next task is to chunk up the trunk. I used the reciprocating saw for that. I threw the chunks in my Rubber Maid cart to move them to an area in the back of the property.

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    The ends of the cut stems were white which were quickly turning darker in color. Rapid oxidation possibly caused by exposing stored sugars in the stem to the air.
     
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    The stem removal continues which quickly fills a second cart load. The stem is in the second photo. Angular cut working around the sucker trying to do them any harm. Smaller pieces of the stem are now removed navigating around the suckers, the stem is now cut down as far as I'm gonna go. The last cart of banana stem debris, these are all the whittling down pieces.

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    All the stem pieces were hauled to the back and placed on older mulch that has very active microbial activity going on. The Fiji dwarf Coconut and Corypha umbraculifera will surely appreciate all this rich organic material getting down into the soil. The earthworms will be having a big party soon. The wife said they reminded her of giant heart of celery stalks.
     
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    Using the serrated steak knife again all the fruit are separated from the main fruit stalk. The harvest yield is 134 salvageable bananas. The bag is full of those which fell off. They are heading to a family friend who will cook them green, just like a plantain.

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    The bottle is for scale on some of the larger bananas. I've grown much larger AeAe bananas but those where grown during the hot rainy season. This is my first winter harvest of these bananas.
     

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