Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Padre Mickey Goes On And On About Fruits And Nuts
Panama is a major exporter of bananas. The majority of our bananas go to Europe. The bananas they sell to the rest of us here in Panama are those not good enough for export, but they're still better than anything you lot buy in your local Super. They are ripe and tasty! So I was a bit surprised when I read this article yesterday. I also heard a report on the same subject on NPR (I listen to KQED-FM, just like I did back in Berkeley. Thanks, iTunes!) that morning. I wasn't so surprised by the idea of selling single, ripe bananas; that makes a lot of sense. I was surprised when the reporter on the radio said that the individual bananas sold at the same price as candy bars: "$.75 to $.99." Now, I'll admit, I haven't bought a candy bar in ages (and I mean geological ages), but I really didn't know that estadoünidense were paying that much for a candy bar. Sheesh! Waddaya hand out on Hallowe'en now? You'd save money giving away nickles! The article in the newspaper claimed that bananas sell for $.69 per pound. I've been in Panama too long; we pay about $.10 per pound. If the Lovely Mona were to purchase $.69 worth of bananas, we'd be swimming in them! If she buys too many right now she consumes the majority of them in smoothies. We also make ice cream from them. ¿"Ice cream from bananas" you ask? Yes! I don't consume much refined sugar anymore, and we have this great raw-food-vegan recipe. Slice several bananas, freeze them overnight. Take them out of the freezer for five minutes then run them through the food processor or liquidora until they have a creamy, whipped consistency. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon or pour on organic maple syrup and eat! ¡Qué rico!
So, ever wonder why cashews cost so much? Well, we grow those here in Panama, too. They look like this when they are growing. See? One cashew per fruit! It takes a mess o' dem for one lousy can at yer local Piggly-Wiggly. We buy them for a dollar a bag at intersections while waiting for the traffic light to change. If they don't roast them enough ya could die!!! I loves da risk!!!
So, you learned a lot about fruit and nuts on Easter Tuesday.
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