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  1. #1
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Freaky banana bunch

    How did I not notice that this bunch of bananas
    has ingrown paper?

    http://i37.tinypic.com/bgqqub.jpg

    and how did it get there? You cannot remove the paper,
    it's a part of the banana stems.

    nancy

  2. #2
    Sky Guest

    Default Re: Freaky banana bunch

    Nancy Young wrote:
    >
    > How did I not notice that this bunch of bananas
    > has ingrown paper?
    >
    > http://i37.tinypic.com/bgqqub.jpg
    >
    > and how did it get there? You cannot remove the paper,
    > it's a part of the banana stems.
    >
    > nancy


    I've never seen anything like that in person - how peculiar. I wonder
    if it's something done to keep pests away from the flowers that make the
    bananas? I know some fruits are sometimes covered with paper bags just
    after flowering/fertilization to protect the fruits - or something like
    that. The fruits then mature inside the protection of the bags (usually
    white) secured around the stems.

    Sky

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  3. #3
    Lynn from Fargo Guest

    Default Re: Freaky banana bunch

    On Jul 13, 3:32*pm, "Nancy Young" <rjy...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > How did I not notice that this bunch of bananas
    > has ingrown paper?
    >
    > http://i37.tinypic.com/bgqqub.jpg
    >
    > and how did it get there? *You cannot remove the paper,
    > it's a part of the banana stems.
    >
    > nancy


    =====================

    Nancy,
    Are you sure that's paper? The flower of the banana looks a bit like
    an unhusked cob of corn. I suspect (only guessing) that this flower
    dried up but didn't fall off. It would be kind of like a tomatillo or
    persimmon husk but around a whole hand (bunch) of bananas as they
    mature.

    Where's the Kona Coffee lady when you need her!

    Lynn from Fargo
    tempted to buy banana flowers in my Asian store

  4. #4
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: Freaky banana bunch

    Lynn from Fargo wrote:
    > On Jul 13, 3:32 pm, "Nancy Young" <rjy...@comcast.net> wrote:
    >> How did I not notice that this bunch of bananas
    >> has ingrown paper?
    >>
    >> http://i37.tinypic.com/bgqqub.jpg
    >>
    >> and how did it get there? You cannot remove the paper,
    >> it's a part of the banana stems.


    > Nancy,
    > Are you sure that's paper? The flower of the banana looks a bit like
    > an unhusked cob of corn. I suspect (only guessing) that this flower
    > dried up but didn't fall off. It would be kind of like a tomatillo or
    > persimmon husk but around a whole hand (bunch) of bananas as they
    > mature.


    Okay, I took an even closer look and it's really paper. Like
    cheap napkin paper.

    nancy (doesn't like where this is going)

  5. #5
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: Freaky banana bunch

    Sky wrote:
    > Nancy Young wrote:
    >>
    >> How did I not notice that this bunch of bananas
    >> has ingrown paper?
    >>
    >> http://i37.tinypic.com/bgqqub.jpg
    >>
    >> and how did it get there? You cannot remove the paper,
    >> it's a part of the banana stems.


    > I've never seen anything like that in person - how peculiar. I wonder
    > if it's something done to keep pests away from the flowers that make
    > the bananas?


    I did think maybe they sort of bag the bananas while
    they are growing? I can't think how else this paper is
    an integrated part of this banana bunch.
    >

    I know some fruits are sometimes covered with paper
    > bags just after flowering/fertilization to protect the fruits - or
    > something like that. The fruits then mature inside the protection of
    > the bags (usually white) secured around the stems.


    I'm going with that, Sky.

    nancy

  6. #6
    Dave Bugg Guest

    Default Re: Freaky banana bunch

    Nancy Young wrote:
    > How did I not notice that this bunch of bananas
    > has ingrown paper?
    >
    > http://i37.tinypic.com/bgqqub.jpg
    >
    > and how did it get there? You cannot remove the paper,
    > it's a part of the banana stems.


    At many plantations, workers will insert paper between each "row" of growing
    bananas on the bunch. It helps keep the bananas from becoming marked and
    spotted.
    --
    Dave
    What is best in life? "To crush your enemies, see them driven before
    you, and to hear the lamentation of the women." -- Conan



  7. #7
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: Freaky banana bunch

    Dave Bugg wrote:
    > Nancy Young wrote:
    >> How did I not notice that this bunch of bananas
    >> has ingrown paper?
    >>
    >> http://i37.tinypic.com/bgqqub.jpg
    >>
    >> and how did it get there? You cannot remove the paper,
    >> it's a part of the banana stems.

    >
    > At many plantations, workers will insert paper between each "row" of
    > growing bananas on the bunch. It helps keep the bananas from becoming
    > marked and spotted.


    Hey! You're back! Hope you had a nice last trip.

    It's just nothing I ever saw before, and so weird how
    the paper is part of the plant. Thanks for the explanation.

    nancy

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