Mark in Ohio
[:p]There are lots of different kinds of bananas. I lived in India for a period of years where there were many, many varieties, from little 16 for a rupee finger sized yellow babanas to the big red ones which were the best, you could barely eat two of them and they had the sweetest taste. Just like tomatoes, they come in a variety of colors, tastes, and textures. I read in Smithsonian a few years ago that red bananas were now being grown in south Florida, I would love to find them in local produce selections. I worked as the produce manager at a local IGA store for several years, we had access to a fair number of tropical fruits, but all the bananas were variations on the yellow/Dole or Chiquita/pick ’em green/toss ’em in the boat variety. For years American wholesale produce companies seemed mainly concerned with varieties that shipped well, but multiculturalism is opening the doors to some exciting "new" bananas.