Banana (Musa sp.)
Location: Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii
Our banana trees are flowering, and some are beginning to fruit. Right now, the newly formed green bananas are only about three inches (8 cm) long. Once they have grown to their full size, they will begin to turn yellow. We like to eat them before they over-ripen, so when the fruit is about half-yellow, a 'hand' at a time will be cut from the tree.
We love having bananas fresh from the garden. The only problem is that so many seem to ripen at once, yielding more than we can eat before they spoil. When faced with an oversupply, we share them with neighbors, sometimes trading the bananas for types of fruits we don't grow.