Despite freezing some and giving some to neighbors, with so many bananas ripening all at once from our recent harvest ~ we decided to try dehydrating some. Not new to many but the 1st time for us. We just hoped they were not over ripe.
sliced them up
I check the garage before going to bed last night and (good grief!) I thought I was walking into bakery. The beautiful aroma was unbelievable.
Hey! They came out better than expected and still very sweet.
With so many bananas ripening I decided to bring good old kampong (village) food to the table. Many will already know of the famous Thai Pineapple Rice dish, right? Well this is a slight variation using a tropical fruit which is in season.
I use bananas which are ripe but not super soft ripe for cooking and baking. 1 banana for each portion/serving.
Crucial is to semi-cook banana slices just till it changes color, about 2 mins each side, on medium heat. Remove from pan.
Then saute onions, beans & whatever vegetables you like with curry powder (made into paste with water added) and get it all fragrant. The add an egg, quick stir, followed by cooked/leftover rice. Stir to mix all thoroughly.
Onions & beans covered in curry paste
When all nicely mixed and done, I added spinach, bean curd strips & (leftover) corn , followed by semi-cooked bananas.
Gently stir in pan for 2 mins and it’s ready to be served. I top/garnish with crushed salted peanuts and brown-fried shallots.
After the bouts of rainfall we’ve had the last 5 days, the banana plants look quenched and refreshed. This led me to double check 1 of our earlier bunches for its possible harvest status.
Less angular, roundish with a tinge of yellow = almost ready for harvest.
Then I saw a hole!! The frost blanket used to camouflage the bananas had been chewed through and a few ripe ones have been devoured. *sigh* Those squirrels have outsmarted me (again). 😦
No choice ~ they have to be harvested and left to further ripen indoors. So …
Into the garage ~ hanging from the tool shelf.
If anyone has advice on how to outsmart those destructive squirrels, please share.
UPDATE 07/07/15 : Ripening faster than expected but no complaints.
My 2013 “conceived” bananas, which survived winter with frost-wrapping, began ripening on April 1st, 2014. Before I knew it, I found some scratched and partially “eaten”. 😦 So naturally I thought it was the birds and wrapped it with a netting. Until yesterday that is …. I saw with my own eyes that it was actually those nasty Squirrels!
What is left of that whole BIG bunch is now in the garage. I must read up and learn how to outsmart those Squirrels.
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When the bananas choose to ripen at a rate of 2 or 3 a day, it just feels like Mother Nature intended it such so that you can get your morning breakfast while strolling through your intended food/fruit forest.
So pluck 1 & slowly pace about, checking what else you can harvest for other meals of the day.
Mmmm … a fresh banana off the tree is the 1st item you munch on… it tastes so good!
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My morning discovery! I’m a grandma-to-be of sorts.
Female Banana flowers with their ovaries already in the shape of bananas and still covered by the bud’s outer peel.
Oh what beauty…
Finally!! Pisang Mas, which literally means Golden Banana, is bearing fruit for 2013. Let’s see if this Gold (market) will head Bull or Bear for the year. 😀