Gardening in Africa, continued...
The bananas are a little different than what we find in the US; they have more strings just inside the peel, and are much sweeter- almost too sweet to eat alone!
They always ripen in one large bunch at the same time. So, though Jonas insists that getting a monkey would help, we have resorted to making large quantities of banana bread.
(Not my picture.) The flowers are beautiful and are eaten (cooked) in Indian cuisine. After the bunch ripens and is cut off, the pseudo stem dies and is then cut down, to be replaced by new growth.
Here is a banana bunch with a dried flower underneath. The flowers finished blooming about a month before the bananas were ready to pick.
Random fact: Bananas are slightly radioactive because of their potassium content!