Fruits and bananas

Carts full of bananas  and other fruit

A few days ago I was one of the naive people who believed that bananas were just another fruit. That was before I went to Mylapore and realized the errors of my ways. There are fruits: grapes, pomegranate and papaya. And there are bananas. The English language has no words for this variety. One can say yellow banana, green banana, fat green banana, red banana, short yellow banana, thin long green banana, and so on. But the variety is really too large for the language to capture. I wonder whether Tamil has the words to capture the variety on display here (as a comment to this post informs me).

By I. J. Khanewala

I travel on work. When that gets too tiring then I relax by travelling for holidays. The holidays are pretty hectic, so I need to unwind by getting back home. But that means work.


  1. Yes. In tamil we have names for each variety of banana. Mala pazham, poovam pazham, rasthali, yelakki,karpooravalli, pachai vaazha pazham, nenthram. These are few i know.


      1. Yes. In tamilnadu rarely do people ask showing the fruit. They are particular in eating one variety and at times they wont compromise in that.


  2. To add to the two above, each banana has a function in the dietary palate. The steamed banana is a popular and common breakfast, the post supper banana for easy, the medicinal banana, banana after lunch.. A riot of flavours and various functions and many dishes


  3. Very true.
    I have traveled a few countries of the world and I must say that I have never tasted better-tasting fruits than fruits from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. They have the widest variety of fruits too.


      1. I agree.
        Trying the local fruits, vegetables and cuisines…Meeting people of new culture… Travelling is amazing πŸ™‚

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