03 December 2008

Banana Tree...

Nothing out of the ordinary about cutting down a banana tree in Uganda... other than the fact that this particular tree was twice the size of any other banana tree in our yard...

It's amazing what happens when you plant on top of a compost pile...



A strange thing about banana trees which most westerners don't know is that they only produce one banana bunch in their lifetime... when the first banana turns yellow that is the signal that it is time to chop the tree down...

I did my best to knock it over with one swing of the panga... but another 5-10 minutes later it finally started to slowly fall down...

Catching it was the next problem... the bunch itself weighed about 90 pounds and had to be held up with supports over its last month of growth... Josh, Joseline and I did our best to catch it... but really all we did was slow its fall so the bananas wouldn't smash into pudding...



After the bunch was down we had to slice it up to carry it... due to boredom and curiosity we counted up all the bananas... 248 off one tree.. should be enough to feed the boys for a week or two...

4 comments:

Sallie said...

248 bananas??? That's a LOT of banana bread! Yum!

Nanny

mboden said...

unbelievable, jeff! we have banana plants in our backyard, too, but they look nothing like that. compost is the key, eh?

imjustaphoneguy said...

This dumb westerner had no idea that a banana tree was only good for one bunch. What happens after you cut it down? DO you plant another or does it grow again from the stump?

Jeff said...

Banana trees only get one bunch... but they do drop seeds so on average they drop 4-8 trees right next to where they were... in the picture of me and the boys you can see the trees that sprouted from the tree we cut down...

I'm sure Christine could have given a better more technical answer... but this is the best I could give being an average guy with a white-thumb...