Some would say Ecuador is the banana capital of the world, and that is probably right, but I’m sure Taiwan bananas are just as good. One of the great things about living in Taiwan is you can buy fresh bananas on the street almost everywhere, so if you are a banana connoisseur like myself you will not have worry about bananas going bad (I eat bananas single every day).
Banana prices, along with all fruits and vegetables, are affected by Typhoons. Some of the most famous bananas are from 旗山 Qishan in Kaohsiung. Some of the biggest bananas I have ever seen. At the beginning of 2017, bananas were selling at 4 times the normal price, a ten year high. (They got up to 85 Nt per catty, now they are a mere 12-18 NT per catty!)
香蕉價錢, 以及所有水果和蔬菜, 都受到颱風的影響。一些最有名的香蕉來自高雄旗山區, 其中是我見過的最大的香蕉。
Planting a garden is a major hobby for the older and retired generation in Taiwan. Most don't do it to make money, they just do it for fun and for a healthy lifestyle. I am with them all the way, and that's why my wife thinks I am actually a Taiwanese Abei.
Partly because of this and because I love bananas, I have planted 4 banana sprouts on my in-laws property. I should be able to harvest fruit in a year or two.
2017年初，香蕉的價錢是普通價錢的四倍，十年來最高。 （那時候每斤85元，現在每斤只有12-18元！） 我在我的老婆家人的田裡種了4個香蕉苗, 因為我喜歡吃香蕉! 我應該可以在一兩年內收穫水果。
We started with two banana sprouts in May which started out well, but then one died after the torrential rains in June. The other one barely survived, with the top dying off but sprouting up new leaves from below ground (pictured below).
Saddened by our loss, we decided to plant two more sprouts. After Typhoon Nesat in July, our three strong banana plants survived.
我們的損失感到難過，我們決定種植兩個豆芽。 7月份的颱風奈薩之後，我們的三棵強壯的香蕉植株倖存了下來。我們的損失感到難過，我們決定種植兩個豆芽。 7月份的颱風奈薩之後，我們的三棵強壯的香蕉植株倖存了下來。
With Typhoon season pretty much over in September (right?) I thought for sure it was going to be smooth sailing from now on.
But I did not foresee our precious banana field being knocked down by strong rains again from a typhoon. Our cheap and rotten bamboo scaffolding had fallen down, ruining many beans that my wife's uncle had planted.
But I was happy to see our banana plants were still doing well, and has doubled in size!
I was also happy to see that our pineapple plant had survived and was doing well, along with a forest of papaya plant sprouts which I had spread all over after drying them from a store-bought papaya. I had no faith that they would actually sprout.
With 3 strong banana sprouts growing along with pineapple and papaya plants, I have faith that I will be harvesting bananas and other tropical fruit for my personal consumption soon.
I go now every two weeks to put my kitchen food waste (such as egg shells and banana peels) on them. I know that Taipei city gives free kitchen waste to every citizen (a few kilos per month or something), but my kitchen waste is already more than enough and to spare for my small garden.
Igoogled online and apparently banana plants need potassium, nitrogen, and calcium to do well, so every two weeks I make sure they get some of each, and I make sure to stir my kitchen waste into the soil. Other than that I will give no further scientific commentary on their nutritional needs. This is a tropical island with tons of rain so my expectation is that I can pretty much sit back and watch them grow beautiful and delicious fruits for me.
If you have a garden in Taiwan too, share your thoughts! If not, plant a garden and save the earth! Stay tuned for updates! In the mean time, like and share!
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