Some like them when they are firm and there is still a little green on the peel. Others think they are best when the peeling begins to show brown
spots. You’ve probably guessed that I’m talking about bananas. At our house, both of us like them the first way, firm and solid. That’s nice, but who’s going to eat them when the spots form? Our likes are not always the same, I like lots of covers at night, he likes them on in the morning, I like hot water, very hot, he likes it lukewarm….and on it goes.
Sometimes the differences in spouses’ likes makes one feel as if they are “going bananas.” In case you didn’t know, that’s when you go mildly crazy or freak out! But certainly we don’t do that over our choice of
bananas, do we? Maybe, instead, you “go ape.” That’s a phrase closely associated with “going bananas.” (Of course, you’ve got the connection!)
I never put bananas in the refrigerator. I’m from the generation that heard that Chiquita banana jingle sung over and over again in the 1940’s and 50’s, “Never, Never Put Bananas In The Refrigerator, No, No, No, No.” However, it’s clear that from one
generation to the next, ideas change. I say that because today I’m being told that bananas freeze very well. In fact, one young woman said she threw one frozen banana in the food processor with some cream, milk, vanilla, and a little Splenda , then processed it until it was smooth. “Best banana ice cream I ever had,” she said. She also said she routinely stores her bananas in the refrigerator and believes others don’t do it only because the peeling turns black.There’s definitely a difference in people’s opinions
about bananas and, plainly, we just don’t always do what we’re told. I’m told not to store onions in the refrigerator and I do that all the time.
There’s another novelty song associated with bananas. “Yes, We Have No Bananas,” written in 1922 by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn. I’m told the song is attributed to a banana shortage caused by blight in Brazil at the
time the song was written. Then in 1932, the song lent it’s title to a book about the depression in Belfast. It was used again in Britain during World War II, when the British Government banned the importing of bananas for five years and in keeping with the war spirit, shop owners put up signs stating, “Yes, We Have No Bananas.” More recently, the phrase was used in 2006 when Cyclone Larry destroyed a large portion of Australia’s banana crop, leading to a shortage for most of the year.
Do you remember the outlandishly flamboyant woman who wore the fruit-laden hats? Actress, Carmen Miranda did and became famous as “the lady in the tutti-frutti hat.” Always a few bananas were among the fruit
bobbing on her head as she danced to Latin music.
I found out a few more things about bananas. There’s a woman who believes bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time, and a gentleman finds bananas an amazing fruit when he takes the inside of the skin, rubs it directly on his shoes, then polishes with a dry cloth. He’s amazed at the shine it produces.
I looked for bananas in the Bible and instead I found a prayer written by the Apostle Paul asking God that we may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God. Colossians 1: 10. Now that bit of information no one can argue about.