One of the things that we enjoy the most here in Manabi province, Ecuador is the abundant supply of fresh fruits and vegetables. We go almost every week to Charapoto to the mercado and come home on the bus loaded down with bags full of inexpensive fruits and vegetables.
We especially like the bananas. There are several different types of bananas, but we like the small to medium-sized extra sweet bananas. Mary makes banana bread, banana cake, and a dessert similar to banana foster with caramelized bananas served with ice cream.
We have several banana trees in our complex and Giovanni occasionally picks a stalk that is weighing down a tree and props it up on the wall near our front door for the bananas to ripen. One can get spoiled having a supply of fresh bananas like that and when the stalks are not there, we miss them. Without a handy stalk we are forced to make trips to town and purchase bananas for about five cents each. I say five cents each, but generally if we buy fifty cents worth of bananas the vendor will count out ten and then throw in one or two extra.
Yesterday Mary was wishing aloud that she had a stalk of bananas available as she wanted to make some banana bread. So, I hopped on my bicycle and came back with this:
It was pretty tricky driving up to the house with this load on my bicycle, but I am an Ecuadoriano now and somehow made it!
We now have a stalk of bananas ripening on the side of the house about six feet from our front door again!
Mary had me pick ten or so this morning and they are especially sweet. I am thinking about a warm slice of banana bread right now!
Oh, and the price for these bananas was $4.50, so we can afford to share with Giovanni and Maria, and Pepe and his family.
Life is good (and affordable) in Ecuador!
Written by John