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Graybeard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:41 PM
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Does your banana have a thick skin?
I remember when bananas had thin skin and were easy to peel. Lately the bananas that I buy have a very thick, pulpy skin.

Am I now getting the fruit from another part of the world? (The thick skinned ones have a label saying, "Product of Ecuador.")

Could this be the result of some climate change and the way that they grow?

Any botanists out there?
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:43 PM
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1. i have to use a steak kniffe to cut the top, to then peel. dont look like, taste like, act like
a banana anymore. wonderin what is up. messin with our fruits, veggies, well shit meat and every fuckin thing else.
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 03:16 PM
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2. The common food bananas are seedless mutants that have to cultivated vegetatively
So the crop has certain vulnerabilities. Here are some stories common a few years back

Fungus Threatens Banana Crops
Some Experts Believe Bananas May Need Genetic Modification
Aug. 14, 2005
The most popular type of banana -- Americans' favorite fruit -- may be threatened by a fungus spreading throughout plantations in Southeast Asia. According to the International Banana Association, the average American eats more than 28 pounds of bananas a year ... But an article in the August 2005 edition of Popular Science magazine suggests a fungal disease called Panama Disease Race 4 could threaten the existence of the Cavendish, the most widespread variety of banana sold in markets around the world. Panama Disease Race 4, has been found in Southeast Asia, Australia and Indonesia, and some experts believe it could be only a matter of years before that fungus spreads to Latin America, the United States' main source of its favorite bananas ...
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Science/story?id=1036562&page...

Last updated May 22, 2008 12:38 p.m. PT
Why bananas are a parable for our times
JOHANN HARI
... Bananas are dying ... It is a fungus called Panama Disease, and it turns bananas brick-red and inedible. There is no cure ... Soon -- in five, 10 or 30 years -- the yellow creamy fruit as we know it will not exist ... Until 150 ago, a vast array of bananas grew in the world's jungles and they were invariably consumed nearby. Some were sweet; some were sour. They were green or purple or yellow. A corporation called United Fruit took one particular type -- the Gros Michael -- out of the jungle and decided to mass produce it on vast plantations, shipping it on refrigerated boats across the globe. The banana was standardized into one friendly model: yellow and creamy and handy for your lunchbox ...
http://www.seattlepi.com/opinion/364179_bananaonline23....
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Graybeard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 09:13 AM
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10. So I should be glad I have any banana at all...
...and...stop...whining.
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 12:34 PM
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11. Hmmm. Try "Industrial scale monoculture and loss of food crop diversity creates
food supply vulnerabilities"
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 12:54 PM
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15. scary- I really hate food monoculture- so bad for everyone all the way round
At least more places are selling a wider variety of foods.
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dawg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 04:07 PM
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3. Most humans don't know how to open one the right way ....
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pinboy3niner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 04:39 PM
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7. Gives new meaning to "Monkey see, monkey do," lol!
We just need to learn from our monkey mentors. :)
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 04:16 PM
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4. I hope that's not a metaphor.
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MiddleFingerMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 04:48 PM
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 01:03 PM
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12. I hope it is a metaphor. nt
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 04:30 PM
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5. yeah- I think the organic ones have thinner skin
I suspect it has something to do with needing the bananas to have thicker skin to travel longer distances? Or the type of banana?

That being said the red bananas from Whole Foods have fairly thick skin.
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Lucian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 04:31 PM
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6. Mine is peeled...
I'm not too happy about it. Wait...this isn't a metaphor?
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petronius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 04:41 PM
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8. I'm starting to suspect that most of us thought this wsn't about fruit...
:rofl:
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704wipes Donating Member (966 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 10:56 PM
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13. Probably GMo bananas now
Thank You Monsanto.
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DeadEyeDyck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 11:16 PM
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14. If you insult them a few times
the skin will thicken
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