I used to be an apple a day girl, until I went to live in Sri Lanka the first time and fell in love with sweet little Ambul bananas. Ever since, my love affair with bananas in general has remained steadfast, and it was a joy to be able to grow and eat my own.
Almost on a par with the coconut’s six layers (about which I’ve posted previously), the banana’s layers move from edible vegetable
through multi-fingered fruitlings
and often colourful mature fruit
to at last reveal the luscious creamy fruit (or tannin-y flesh, in the case of cooking bananas!). Though my allegiance to a daily ambul remains (Australia’s “Lady’s Fingers”, though not as sweet, seem to be the same), the greatest treat was during the short season of the ana maalu – its fragrant, slightly spicy flesh as silky smooth as a panna cotta.
Other terrific layers, including the arresting shot of a crinkly versa cabbage by Sara Rosso, are to be found at WP’s Photo Challenge for this week.