Home Grown Bananas

My uncle A brought us bananas. They were from another uncle E (his brother) who grows the plant in his home. I seriously have the best uncles. Every few months we get a supply when the fruits ripen. They are a lovely green, and we consume them once they turn yellow. I like to eat bananas when they just ripen and are still firm in texture and not too mushy and sweet. These are the best and the only bananas I like. This variety is called Pisang Raja and they naturally taste like honey. The fruit inside is more of a pale yellow than white (the white variety can be found in supermarkets under the brand name Del Monte). If my diet consists of only these bananas and water, I think I could survive.

There was a diet craze in Japan called the morning banana diet. It was even featured in Time magazine in 2008:

The Morning Banana Diet regime is simple: A banana (or as many as you want) and room temperature water for breakfast; eat anything you like for lunch and dinner (by 8 p.m.). A three o’clock snack is okay, but no desserts after meals, and you have to go to bed before midnight. Sumiko Watanabe, a pharmacist in Osaka designed this stress-free diet to help increase the metabolism of her husband Hitoshi Watanabe, who had been rather overweight. In due course, Mr. Watanabe lost 37 pounds and introduced the diet on mixi, one of Japan’s largest social networking services.

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