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Why are there so many Apples and only one Banana?

 
 
Reply Fri 18 Jan, 2008 08:36 pm
Yeah. Yeah. I know. In the chi-chi markets here in NYC there are teeny little bananas that some claim are different then the big yellow ones, but they aren't.

And now comes word that the banana is in danger.

My Banana is in DANGER!


Joe(How many kinds of strawberry are there?)Nation
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Chai
 
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Reply Fri 18 Jan, 2008 08:59 pm
This alarms and frightens me.
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dadpad
 
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Reply Fri 18 Jan, 2008 09:31 pm
Are you thinking what i'm thinking B2?
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Joe Nation
 
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Reply Sat 19 Jan, 2008 06:11 am
Here's the LINK to page one of the article. My bad.


Yep. In the future the kids at the Museum of Natural History will point and gape at the paper mache models of bananas and ask "What did they taste like, Grandpa?"


Meanwhile, over in the Industrial Section, a wise child will be telling his younger sister "See?, light bulbs used to be glass globes with wires in them."


Joe(Mom! Bobby's lying to me!!)Nation
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sat 19 Jan, 2008 06:29 am
A one-and-a two-a

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B78rrwSQB24
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Joe Nation
 
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Reply Sat 19 Jan, 2008 06:47 am
The Orginal Chiquta Banana

The Updated (not so good) Version

I'm just wild about Harry.

Joe(I've gone bananas)Nation
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dadpad
 
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Reply Sat 19 Jan, 2008 07:13 am
Get it right! Its Ban- ar-na

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=M1iu2uGtlBw&feature=related
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 19 Jan, 2008 07:17 am
http://i5.tinypic.com/6p5tagn.jpg http://i13.tinypic.com/7203qqs.jpg
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 19 Jan, 2008 07:25 am
Im saving banana seed, soon as I figure out where the hell they are.
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dadpad
 
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Reply Sat 19 Jan, 2008 07:30 am
farmerman wrote:
Im saving banana seed, soon as I figure out where the hell they are.


1 seed for 300 barnarnas FM. Start eating.

usually cultivated by vegitaive propagation, (root cuttings).
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jespah
 
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Reply Sat 19 Jan, 2008 10:32 am
http://cdn.last.fm/coverart/300x300/1413682.jpg
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hamburger
 
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Reply Sat 19 Jan, 2008 02:49 pm
there are actually quite a variety of bananas with different qualities .
there seem to be at least two problems to bringing different varieties into north-american markets :
1) bananas spoil easily ; they do not like to be transported for long distances .
2) the north-american consumer is generally not willing to pay a premium price for different bananas .
we have a local produce market owned by a middle-eastern family and they carry a number of different varieties of bananas . the big seller -no surprise - is the standard banana from central-america selling for 39 to 59 cents a pound ; the other varities usually sell for $1.19 to 1.39 and are usually bought by shoppers
from the middle-east or india .

it's somewhat similar with potatoes : to canadians potatoes are potatoes .
in a german farmers' market you will find as many as a dozen different varieties of potatoes , and cooks and housewifes (AND MEN !) are usually very particular about the kind of potatoes they want to buy .
potatoes in germany are also quite a bit more expensive that in canada .
in canada we hardly ever pay more than $2.99 for a 10 pound bag - right now they can be had for 99 cents for 10 pounds at one of the local dealers .
in germany one would hardly ever buy a 10 pound bag of potatoes . shoppers usually want to SELECT the potatoes individually !
i'm not sure what potato prices are in germany right now , perhaps walter can advise .
hbg


see for :
BANANA VARIETIES
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hamburger
 
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Reply Sat 19 Jan, 2008 03:06 pm
after some GERMAN GOOGLING :wink: i found some info on potato prices from 2006 .

Quote:
"Ende Juli kostete ein Kilogramm Fr├╝hkartoffeln 66 Cent"

"end of july a kilogram of potatoes cost 66 cents EURO - that's about $1 for two pounds ! not many canadians would want to pay that for ordinary potatoes ."
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McTag
 
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Reply Sat 19 Jan, 2008 03:14 pm
I heard somewhere that bananas are not grown from seed.... all commercially-grown bananas are increased by vegetative propagation.

But I'm not sure if that's true.
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hamburger
 
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Reply Sat 19 Jan, 2008 03:26 pm
from the BANANA SITE

Quote:
Commercial bananas are seedless and propagated exclusively by vegetative means. The banana has a reduced underground stem, called the rhizome, which bears several buds. Each of these buds sprouts and forms its own pseudostem and a new bulbous rhizome. These daughter plants are called suckers. Banana is mostly propagated by rhizomes and suckers viz. sword suckers and water suckers. Sword suckers have a welldeveloped
base with narrow sword-shaped leaf blades at the early stages. Water sucker posses broad leaves, which do not produce healthy banana clumps. Suckers of 2-4 months age are selected.

Other planting materials are whole or bits of rhizomes. Basrai variety in Jalgaon (Maharashtra) is as a rule propagated by dormant rhizomes. After cutting the parent plant, the rhizomes are removed from the soil, stored in cool, dry place for about 2 months. During the resting period the remaining part of pseudostem at the bottom
falls of, leaving prominent heart bud. Conical rhizome should be selected while flat rhizomes to be rejected. The weight of the rhizomes should be 500 g-750 g .It should be 3-4 months age at planting. Very small rhizomes will give bigger size fruits with late flowering while bigger size rhizomes flower early but bear small size fruit/bunches.

Since banana is highly unstable in genetic constitution, the suckers/rhizomes should be selected from plants, which are healthy, having all the desirable bunch qualities and high yielding ability possessing atleast 10 hands in a bunch.



you are a banana expert , mctag !
hbg
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McTag
 
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Reply Sat 19 Jan, 2008 03:30 pm
Six foot, seven foot, eight foot BUNCH!
Daylight come, an me wanna go home.
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dadpad
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jan, 2008 12:03 am
We have three types of barnarnar.

Ordinary banana

lady fingers
a small sweeter variety

and eco banana
http://images.google.com.au/imgres?imgurl=http://www.eco-banana.com.au/jpegs/dippingsml.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.eco-banana.com.au/story.html&h=212&w=312&sz=23&hl=en&start=1&um=1&tbnid=qmi2vS5WfzdMtM:&tbnh=80&tbnw=117&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dred%2Btip%2Bbanana%26svnum%3D10%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26channel%3Ds%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26hs%3DDBT%26sa%3DG
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jan, 2008 12:27 am
you forgot to make a hot link of that mess . If you think Im gonna type that in, you are an upside down silly.
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dadpad
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jan, 2008 12:28 am
and i would have fixed it but some dill posted before i could.
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Rockhead
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jan, 2008 12:29 am
Shocked
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