Yes, We Have No Bananas

For the last three weeks the commissary bananas have been green. Not “yum, yellow with a bit of green” or “Yellow, but should be ripe by Tuesday.” They were green, green, green. ALL GREEN. You know-the ones that will never ripen.

My mother has been having a yen for bananas. Oh well. But she was very grouchy when I told her that yet again there were no bananas. (like this would be something I wouldn’t buy for whatever reason.) Caregiving is fun! Woo hoo. The secret banana (and also avocado-really Mama out of season avocados here are rock hard and if we let them ripen in the house they become inedible)

So, we stopped by Trader Joe’s, they had bananas that were yellow-but they also looked like some horrid blight was upon them. We picked up a few but…what is going on with the bananas? Is this an Illinois thing? A result of the tropical storms/hurricanes/typhoons? That blight on banana plants much publicized a few years back?


  1. Bummer.

    And, no care giving isn’t always fun, but I will tell you it still hurts terribly when they are gone from us.

    A couple of years ago, there weren’t any bananas here at all. Hard to tell happens to fruit and vegetables when they are stored so long and shipped so far.

  2. As a fellow Illinoisan, I can tell you I’ve had banana issues too. Either they are rock-hard and green or bruised beyond recognition. The bunch I just bought (that were only sort of bruised) were all gross and mushy on the inside. I don’t even like bananas that much, but I force myself to eat a piece of fruit every day. Guess I’ll be switching to apples.

  3. Oh good! I am glad we aren’t the only ones facing this odd banana issue. But apples are good this time of year-just hard to serve my mother because she needs them in slivers. (or made into apple sauce)

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