Small, Medium, Large Bananas!

Calgary, Alberta
December 18, 2015 6:13pm CST
Bananas are the most popular fruits in the world! My family’s favorite fruits are bananas, oranges, grapes, and avocados. Bananas are good source of potassium, providing a powerful protection to our cardiovascular system, calcium, vitamin V6 and many more. Here are the 3 most popular varieties: 1. The Mini Banana (bottom) – It is smoother and creamier than the larger varieties. It is sweeter and evokes a floral scent. And the size is just perfect for a mini snack. Sometimes I find the larger varieties too much for a quick, small snack. 2. The Cavendish Banana (middle) – This is the most popular variety sold in grocery stores. It belongs to the so-called cultivar group of bananas. It is not as sweet as the mini variety; but it is the favorite snack of most athletes like those professional tennis players – male and female. 3. The Plantain banana (top) – This is one of the largest varieties. This variety cannot be eaten raw; it has to be cooked. I usually boil them for few minutes, peel them, sprinkle them with brown sugar, roll them with springroll wrappers, and fry them moderately. Kids love it! Young ladies and even grandmas love it, too! So, which of the three you love to eat - the small, medium, or large?! Image is taken from by my camera.
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@jaboUK (49988)
• United Kingdom
19 Dec 15
I didn't even know that there were different varieties. I've never tried the plantain. We always have bananas in the house as my husband finds them the perfect accompianment when he has to take his pills. The smaller ones are best for that.
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• Philippines
19 Dec 15
when someone accidentally swallows a fish bone and it gets stuck in their throat, people around will suggest they eat a banana to try to dislodge it.
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• Calgary, Alberta
19 Dec 15
@hereandthere O, yeah . . but not the mini one . . the medium or even large ones. Because the mini one misses the fish bone while the large one shovels it!
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• Calgary, Alberta
19 Dec 15
@jaboUK I think there are other varieties . . these are just the most popular of 'em all!
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@scheng1 (24950)
• Singapore
19 Dec 15
There is a dish here that makes good use of big banana. It is basically to deep fry the banana. You have to add some flour to cover up the peeled whole banana and then deep fried it. I seldom have this. I prefer to take the ripe banana, peel it, and then put in freezer. I can eat it like ice cream.
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• Philippines
19 Dec 15
i think i've seen recipes for ice cream using mashed bananas
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• Calgary, Alberta
19 Dec 15
@hereandthere Have not tasted a banana ice cream! I have not seen one in grocery stores here in Calgary. Do you have down there?
• Calgary, Alberta
19 Dec 15
@scheng1 Filipinos call it turon. If there is a Filipino restaurant in your neighborhood, chances are they serve turon.
@ridingbet (36127)
• Philippines
19 Dec 15
I like that small one, kabsat! Just one bite and chew, and down it goes. Senyorita it is, right?
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• Calgary, Alberta
19 Dec 15
LOL . . . you may not bite and chew it . . . just swallow it . . . kabsat!
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@ridingbet (36127)
• Philippines
20 Dec 15
@antonbunot I might choke.
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• Calgary, Alberta
20 Dec 15
@ridingbet Okay . . then go for the large one!
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@salonga (27973)
• Philippines
21 Dec 15
In the Philippines there are various varieties, the lakatan, latundan, bungulan, saba and a lot more. My husband prefers lakatan but I prefer latundan more. I don't really care about the size.
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@wiLLmaH (8167)
• Singapore, Singapore
21 Dec 15
I miss the lakatan!
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• Calgary, Alberta
25 Dec 15
@wiLLmaH You do? I miss the amorosa variety and the balayang!
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@wiLLmaH (8167)
• Singapore, Singapore
27 Dec 15
@antonbunot i do not know those species of banana. What it taste like?
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@Beatburn (3996)
• Philippines
19 Dec 15
I like the ones grown in our homeland. Of course, the fat ones that we fry with caramelized sugar. Yummy.
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• Calgary, Alberta
19 Dec 15
The small variety is the one that is popularly grown in the Philippines. In the North (Ilocos) we call it amorosa! And ilocanos describe it as - - naimas!
• Philippines
20 Dec 15
@antonbunot is it the same as the senorita?
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• Calgary, Alberta
20 Dec 15
@hereandthere I think so . . . there are several names for that variety . . I think people in the rural areas call it purnged.
@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Dec 15
I didn't know about these different bananas. We only have the Cavendish banana. I've learnt something today
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• Calgary, Alberta
19 Dec 15
The mini banana is the variety that is popularly grown in the Philippines. Sweet and with a flower-scent.
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@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Dec 15
@antonbunot We came across banana trees in Thailand but the fruit had seeds which we hadn't encountered before.
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• Calgary, Alberta
21 Dec 15
@JudyEv @JudyEv some varieties have seeds . . In the Philippines we have one variety that looks like plantains . . and have seeds. People in Northern Philippines call this variety - - "balayang."
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@marijuana (588)
• Tel Aviv, Israel
21 Dec 15
I love the medium most :) i have not heard about the banana that you cannot eat raw. I know about the banana that we can boil, or make turon out of it but they still can be eaten raw - when ripe of course :)
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• Tel Aviv, Israel
21 Dec 15
@antonbunot then i think I have not encountered that yet :)
@SIMPLYD (74766)
• Philippines
21 Dec 15
I like the small bananas the most . And i also like the plantain variety specially when it's just boiled or made into banana cue .
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• Calgary, Alberta
21 Dec 15
So, @SIMPLYD You like the small and large but not the medium?!
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@SIMPLYD (74766)
• Philippines
22 Dec 15
@antonbunot The medium is lakatan in our dialect . I like that too specially when it's already ripe .
@simone10 (22271)
• Louisville, Kentucky
20 Dec 15
It would have to be the medium banana as I have never had the other two varieties. I have always wanted to try a plantain but never have.
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@simone10 (22271)
• Louisville, Kentucky
25 Dec 15
@antonbunot Thanks, I'll do that. It sounds good.
@hereandthere (22909)
• Philippines
19 Dec 15
i guess it would be hard to find jackfruit (langka) in canada to stuff into your turon (fried springrolled banana) i prefer butter and maple syrup on my saging na saba (boiled plantain banana).
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• Calgary, Alberta
19 Dec 15
O, large grocery stores sell jackfruits, guavas, pineapples, and even durian here in Canada. Eggplants, ampalaya (fruits and leaves), kangkong, talbos ng kalabasa, sitaw, and patani, too!
• Philippines
20 Dec 15
@antonbunot but maybe not saba (the squarish plantain)?
@srisahara (4099)
• Indonesia
19 Dec 15
I love the small one, because it is very delicious to eat when it ripe. Hmm it full of vitamins, minerals and carbohydrate too...
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• Calgary, Alberta
19 Dec 15
@srisahara Indonesia and the Philippines grow that mini variety. . .
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@srisahara (4099)
• Indonesia
20 Dec 15
@antonbunot Yes, you are right. In may country it is cheap. My husband love it so much. Who is in your home love banana?
@fishtiger58 (30284)
• Momence, Illinois
19 Dec 15
I have never had a plantain but it sounds interesting.
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• Calgary, Alberta
19 Dec 15
@fishtiger58 Try it . . . Filipinos boil it moderately, sprinkle on it with brown sugar, roll it with spring roll wrapper, and fry it till the wrapper turns a bit brownish. Yummy!
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@fishtiger58 (30284)
• Momence, Illinois
20 Dec 15
@antonbunot Sounds really interesting I am going to have to give that a go. I do like yummy.
@Blondie2222 (17541)
• United States
20 Dec 15
I like the 2nd one. I don't eat alot of bananas as when I buy them i tend to not crave it and so they go bad. I don't buy them often. I really like oranges, grapes, watermelon, apples and kiwi
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• Calgary, Alberta
20 Dec 15
@Blondie2222 I think bananas carry more vitamin C than oranges and grapes.
@paigea (21000)
• Canada
19 Dec 15
I like the small and the medium. But now I want to try the plantains.
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• Calgary, Alberta
19 Dec 15
@paigea So, you want to try also the large variety! Filipino restaurants cook and serve this variety sprinkling it with brown sugar, roll it with spring roll wrapper, and fry it . . . it is called TURON!
@LadyDuck (117999)
• Switzerland
19 Dec 15
I love the fried plantains, but they are not to be compared with the other bananas. My favorite are not in the photos, the small pink bananas.
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• Calgary, Alberta
19 Dec 15
@LadyLuck o, the pink-colored bananas are also grown in the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries. But the most popular variety is the MINI!
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• United States
19 Dec 15
I'd have to choose the medium size. I'm familiar with plantains but have never cooked one
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• Calgary, Alberta
19 Dec 15
@Marilynda Most people prefer the medium-size bananas.
@UncleJoe (8063)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
19 Dec 15
I only use the middle variety. I bake a lot of banana nut muffins.
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• Calgary, Alberta
19 Dec 15
@UncleJoe that's the variety that is popularly sold in all grocery store.
@marlina (60412)
• Canada
19 Dec 15
I don't think that I have ever seen a mini banana in my life.
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• Calgary, Alberta
19 Dec 15
@marlina that is the most popular variety in the Philippines. It is sweet !
@just4him (88755)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
19 Dec 15
Medium. I've never had a plantain or the smaller one.
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• Calgary, Alberta
19 Dec 15
The medium variety @just4him is the most popular worldwide. But don't eat bananas without drinking a glass of water after!
@amnabas (9815)
• Karachi, Pakistan
19 Dec 15
Ohh bananas are favourites for adults as well as for kids.
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• Calgary, Alberta
19 Dec 15
@amnabas . . LOL . . and I read that India is the #1 country-producing bananas. I am sure bananas are also grown in Pakistan.