Today's Wonder of the World is...the Banana!
Flickr photo by bocavermelha-l.b.
Do you go ape over bananas? Or do they just not have any a-peel to you?
Sorry. I've been cleaning like crazy and the fumes are getting to me.
(Fear not. Aliens have not stolen my soul, turning me into a neatnik. I clean only to distract myself from the foolishness that's been going on in my sweet South Carolina lately.)
Back to bananas...
I've been thinking about bananas ever since this obnoxious banana won this race with a peach and a broccoli spear at the Greenville Drive baseball game last week.
Don't let that hopeful smile fool you. He's a very obnoxious fruit.
But I LOVE most bananas. Except the squishy brownish kind. They make me want to gag.
These, however, look delicious! Let's tally them, shall we?
Flickr photo by rizalgeo
Give a hand to rizalgeo for that gorgeous banana photo, won't you? Bravo rizalgeo!
Speaking of hands, did you know that those tiers of bananas are also called hands? And the individual fruits are called fingers! Don't you love that? I'm going to call them fingers for the rest of my life. Or at least until I forget to anymore.
Whether you like bananas or loathe them, you must admit that the plant is AMAZING!
Yes, the banana is the world's largest herbaceous flowering plant. But that's not what I'm talking about.
First look at the flower, the male part of the plant.
No need to blush. Pretend we're botanists.
Flickr photo by Sandra Whiteway
Strange, huh? It's also called the banana heart, and each plant has just one. It's eaten as a vegetable in southeast Asia.
But that's not even what I find so wacky wacky weird.
It's the whole plant.
Flickr photo by ban roseyhadlow (Wimbledon w...)
I KNOW! That thing is so bizarre that it just makes you want to call someone!
Flickr photo by alphalim
The leaf is pretty interesting too.
Flickr photo by Daniel Schwabe
I bet the folks at Project Runway could make dresses out of those.
Or at least a skirt.
Flickr photo by blakta2
But of course the best thing about bananas, at least for me, is banana pudding!
What else would you eat for dessert after a pork barbecue dinner?
Or after meatloaf, which we had last night.
Are you familiar with the ecstasy that is banana pudding?
It may not look like much, but it will make you glad to be alive.
I'm too lazy to write out the recipe, but I found it for you here. It's the first banana pudding recipe listed, the uncooked one. (Don't ask me why I had to find it on German yahoo.)
It's best very cold! Let it chill at least 3 hours. Plus it builds up the suspense.
I hope you enjoy it! Unfortunately I won't. I'm trying to watch my figure and banana pudding is like a drug to me. If I eat one spoonful, I'll attack the entire 9x13 pan!
So I'll enjoy bananas in my breakfast smoothie.
Flickr photo by flyingplanes
Yum! It's easy. Add to a blender: one banana, 1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt, 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 T sugar, 2 T juice or milk. Blend until smooth. It makes 2 servings or one biggy.
So what do you think? Do you like yours ripe and mushy, green, or somewhere in between?
Baked in bread or au naturel?
Have a wonder-full Friday and watch out for peels, friends!