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Rare Banana Collection

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. We are constantly looking for new kinds of banana, since every kind tastes a little and sometimes even a lot different.

Some kinds of bananas are planted because of their beautiful appearance, such as the cream/snow banana or the black banana tree below:

The flower of the cream/snow banana

The flower of the cream/snow banana

The black "Thani" banana - the only completely black banana tree! It is believed that a ghost in form of a women lives in this kind of banana tree.

The black “Thani” banana – the only completely black banana tree!
It is believed that a ghost in form of a women lives in this kind of banana tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Scent" banana, short version - not higher than 1.5 m

“Scent” banana, short version – not higher than 1.5 m

 

 

Bananas can have all kinds of colors, like the red “Naak” banana on those photos here:

Unripe "Naak" banana

Unripe “Naak” banana

Numthang and Thangnum wit a pile of red "Naak" banana

Numthang and Thangnum wit a pile of red “Naak” banana

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ripe "Naak" banana

Ripe “Naak” banana

 

 

 

 

One of the healthiest and most common bananas is the “Namwa” variety:

"Namwa" banana

“Namwa” banana

Ripe "Namwa" banana

Ripe “Namwa” banana

 

 

 

 

 

Many bananas are named after their shape:

gluay lep mue nang

“Lady Finger” banana

"Tusk" banana - almost as long as an elephant's tusk

“Tusk” banana – almost as long as an elephant’s tusk

 

 

 

 

Ripe "Praying Hands" banana

Ripe “Praying Hands” banana

 

"Praying Hands" banana

“Praying Hands” banana, still on the tree

"Crocodile's finger" banana

“Crocodile’s finger” banana

 

 

Some kinds of banana have funny names:

"Boobs of a young girl" banana

“Boobs of a young girl” banana

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.

PICTURE ROPE

Water from the banana trunk

Water from the banana trunk

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:

"Namwa" banana trees

“Namwa” banana trees

The rhizome (main root)

The rhizome (main root)

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Banana shoots being separated from the mother tree

Banana shoots being separated from the mother tree

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.

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