Apologies, I’ve been behind on posting my daily challenges due to preparing for my challenge on Day 81. I’m planning on catching up today.
So on Day 78, I decided to learn a bit more about the elusive banana. In the U.S., we basically have one banana. But in Brazil, you’ll find at least 11 different varieties.
So what’s the diff? I decided to check it out.
I purchased four different varieties of banana at the grocery store: Banana Maca, Banana Nanica, Banana Prata and Banana Terra.
I decided to taste them in order of price from highest to lowest.
The Banana Maca was the most expensive at R$6.90 per kg. It was smallest of the three bananas, smaller than the ones you get in the U.S. Although it appeared ripe, I mean it was yellow, the skin was tough to pull back. I bit into it and… ACK! BLAH. It tasted terrible! Like what I would imagine tree bark would taste like. Like an uncooked root. I literally jumped up from the table and ran to the sink to try and get the taste out of my mouth! Yuck! I don’t know if this particular needs to be waaaaaay ripe to be edible, or if it is the kind that you make, I don’t know, soup with. But it was NOT edible in the format that I had acquired.
The next was Banana Terra, also at R$5.20 per kg. This one wasn’t pretty, long and thin and kind of beaten up. But Brazilians often laugh at the Americans who need their fruit to be nice looking before we will consume it. So I though I’d dig in without fear. I took a bite, it also tasted slightly sour. But then I noticed there was something… inside it. It looked like, well I don’t even know, some kind flat… vein.
Hmmm. I pulled it apart to see what was in there.
Ack! What is that! It looked like the banana had blood in it. Yeesh. I only bought one of these so I don’t know if this was a freak Banana Terra or if this was the norm. Regardless, I didn’t take another bite.
Finally was Banana Nanica at R$3.00 per kg. I peeled away the skin. I (cautiously) took a bite. It pretty much tasted like a regular banana. A little sweet, nothing frightening inside. This was as close as I’d tasted to the bananas back home. Delicious.
So my advice to you if you are banana shopping for a snack, go with the Banana Nanica. If you want to make banana soup, you know which one to go for.