Aren’t they a cool plant? We have a banana tree outside our building that is just about ready to harvest. Melody, our property manager, says she likes to cut them down and then offer them to the guests. Hope we’re still here when that happens.

The first Hawaiians brought them from their home islands and found they grow easily here. It takes a couple years for a plant to produce its first bunch, then one or more bunches each year thereafter. There are about 100 varieties on Hawaii alone.

My favorite banana dish in the whole world is (drum roll here) … Leoda’s banana cream pie. Make sure you stop by their place at 820 Olowalu Village Road if you’re in the area for delicious, delicious food. And pie!