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ANOTHER CRAZY BANANA STORY!

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I like having a banana split dessert sometimes, don’t you? Here’s what happened to me one day!

ANOTHER CRAZY BANANA STORY!

Deciding it was time for a banana split, I went to the Dairy Queen close to our house. They made me one, and I took it home to enjoy. It looked yummy, with the ice cream, three toppings (pineapple, strawberry, and chocolate), whipped cream, and a maraschino cherry on top.

So, I’m digging in, the cool creamy ice cream melting in my mouth, when I uncover this…this…ugly, black, vile, rotten, banana. It was disgusting. Ewww!

I wasn’t in the mood to drive back to the store for another one, so I just removed the rotten one, and added a good banana that I had at home, instead. I still liked the ice cream…it was fine.

I did, however, write a very descriptive letter to the owners of the franchise. I told them of the horror I’d found in my banana split from their store, even though, using the word banana really wouldn’t be correct in this case. It was too far gone, at that point.

A while later, I received a most apologetic letter in the mail. They were so sorry, and to make amends, they’d included two coupons for free desserts from their store. Yes, I used them, and I’ve been back to that particular store again, and never had any more rotten bananas.

Really, though, who would do this…I’m sure the employee could tell that the banana was rotten, when they’d put the split together. What were they thinking…they’d just cover it up with ice cream and no one (me) would notice? If, by chance, they’d ran out of bananas at the time, they could have just said so, couldn’t they? It boggles my mind to wonder what this person was thinking.

I don’t know if this person got fired or reprimanded or not, but I would hope they at least got a lecture about safe food handling and customer service.

Do I still like banana splits – yes. Have I ever gotten another one from this store – no.  However, there was one more incident at this store concerning banana splits, which will be my next story.

Does any else have crazy food stories, or is it just me? 🙂

THIS IS BANANAS!

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What is it with bananas these days? Has anyone else noticed how unreliable they’ve become? It’s like something has infiltrated the banana farms…or is it banana groves, or maybe plantations?

I know they are cut off the stalk of the tree before they are ripe. Shipping them early, still green, and under refrigeration, is the best way to get them to market, as they are perishable. Most are still unripe that I see on the produce shelves at the store. It finishes the ripening process in the comfort of the grocery, or on our kitchen cabinets. If they were ripe when harvested, they’d be over ripe or rotten in a very few days.

This is all a pretty normal way of exporting fruit to other countries, no matter what type of fruit it is. The problem, though is that something strange is happening to the insides of the banana. I find that when I peel open one and cut into it, it is rotten anyway. Even if it looks perfect on the outside, the inside center is sometimes already molded, the seeds are larger than normal, and so hard you could break a tooth on one.

Now, if I want to eat one, I have to cut down the sides of the banana, leaving the center part and seeds behind…which is a pain in the ‘behind’ (pun intended)..so much trouble for such a simple fruit, don’t you think?

When we lived in south Texas, we had a banana tree in our back yard. Well, we called it a tree, because it was so tall, but I’ve since learned, it is not a tree, but an herb. It does not have a ‘true’ tree trunk.

Our banana tree was awesome! I’d never seen one before, and it was taller than the house. The dark green leaves were huge, and I loved listening to them rustle in the breeze. We’d go out every morning and cut off a banana bunch on it’s stalk for our breakfast. They were a bit smaller than what you’d find at the store, but oh, so much better. Plus, it was fun to have them right outside the back door.

One time we’d brought in some, and a green snake fell out of the stalk/bunch. It was wiggling all over the kitchen floor. Of course, the kids and I ran screaming into the back bedroom where we hid, until my husband caught the snake and put it back outside.

Then, on a rare occasion, we had an overnight freeze. Our banana tree was gone…it had frozen and toppled over into the yard. We sure did miss having our fresh bananas, after that.

So anyway, I wish bananas would be like they used to be, because they are my favorite fruit.

Do you have any banana stories? Do you find them to be weird now? I’d love to hear about your banana experiences. 🙂

I have another banana story I’ll write about soon…

 

Peace, Love, & Writing!