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You Say Banana, I Say Apple

I'm taking a Chinese class right now, and one of the phrases that came up in a book was "xiangjiao pingguo" (translation: banana apple). Whenever anyone says the phrase - which has become the class's go-to noun - we all wonder, what on earth is a banana apple? Well, today we found out. One of the folks in my class stumbled across Manzano Bananas and since manzano means apple tree in Spanish, we knew we'd found our fruit.

After a bit of research I discovered that these bananas are often known as "apple bananas" and are grown in South America, Mexico, The Caribbean, Asia and Africa. So what makes an apple banana an apple banana? Well first of all it's smaller than normal bananas and drier too. The fruit is sweeter and the odor and flavor have a scent of apple and a hint of strawberry. I'm not sure I would have made the apple connection on my own, but it was definitely a tasty treat. If you have the opportunity to try one, I highly recommend it.

Have you ever had an apple banana? If so, what did you think of it?

Source: Hormel

Schaianne Schaianne 10 years
Thanks for cluing us all in to these ... I need to find them and try them now!!
Lorrie30 Lorrie30 10 years
um good,love this.
sparkle5motion sparkle5motion 10 years
I had them before and didnt even know they were banana apples haha now i do, the taste really good!
CamillaCat CamillaCat 10 years
never heard of this, but i would try it!
7bits 7bits 10 years
I'm looking to get an banana/apple split :p
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
jhuck - i don't really like bananas either so yeah! this could surely be our new thing!
baby-doll baby-doll 10 years
Mmmm it looks so good lol XD I've tried it hundreds of times! My grandparents buy them downtown Chinatown for a pretty cheap price. I didn't know they were called banana apple o_o. I've been calling them baby bananas my whole life haha. If you eat too much of this fruit, you'll a canker sore... not pretty. I've learnt from experience XD
workofiction workofiction 10 years
No I have not had the Apple Banana or Banana Apple but I have enjoyed some Leeche Nuts and a Jicima! Love to try new things :)
stnybaby stnybaby 10 years
they are really good...and perfectly sized for my little daughter. we can find them here in SoCal in all the chain grocery stores, over in the "exotic" fruit section of the produce area. There are also little red bananas, finger bananas...much sweeter and more fragrant than regular bananas.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 10 years
My uncle grows them at his hacienda in Argentina. They roast them over a fire.
a-geek a-geek 10 years
Had them in Hawaii- I love apple bananas!
carito8 carito8 10 years
They are soooo good!!! :drool:
sarahbf sarahbf 10 years
Until this post I had completely forgotten that I have experienced (and enjoyed)an apple-banana or is it banana-apple! At my (then) food co-op in Philadelphia. Thanks for the memory.
jhuck jhuck 10 years
I don't like bananas, but I would like to give one of these a try!
randomname12345 randomname12345 10 years
I had a lesson on that in my Chinese class, too! I tried looking for this mythical apple-banana when I studied abroad in Beijing a couple of years such luck. I wanted to know if it lived up to its name.
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Apple Banana Strawberry - sounds like a juice!
TexasTwinkle TexasTwinkle 10 years
That sounds really differnt and good!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
I never even knew these existed!!
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