Playing with Food: Blending with beard's bananas

Mar 28, 2018

Norman's bananas alongside the banana flower and a supermarket banana
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Did you know that there are bananas growing on the Central Coast? When I think about banana plantations, I think about warm, tropical places like Panama, Ecuador, or maybe Hawai’i for somewhere in the United States. But we have bananas right here on the Central Coast. Father Ian Delinger explored a banana plantation in Goleta that has been in existence since 1978, and was inspired to go bananas in the kitchen yet again with Central Coast produce, and Blending with Beard's Bananas.

Banana plants up close
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A Banana Stalk with the Male Flower hanging below.
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This is the Banana Flower Curry.
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The Shrimp & Banana Curry and the Banana Flower Salad with a nice glass of white wine.
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