When you live in or visit a place where bananas grow wild, you should know how to harvest them yourself. The hard part work program to prepare children for harvest finding the bananas.
One good place to look is Hawaii. These bananas are sprouting across the stream from my mom’s house. As you approach your banana patch, look for the bananas you may want to harvest. It can be harder to see them from inside the trees.
When harvesting bananas, you want either a stalk that is already ripening, i. When this is the case the flower is usually dying and the bananas themselves have plumped out of their young rectangular shape. These bananas are ready to come down. Harvesting bananas involves chopping down the whole tree. Once you’ve cut down the tree, it’s hard to look under it for anything good. So before beginning, pick up any ripe bananas that have fallen down. In our case, there was a pig hole right next to the tree, so the pig ate most of the yummy ripe ones.
My mom is much smaller than this hole. She’s checking out the giant pig tracks with her little sickle. Hawaiian wild boars are black, hairy, and very tasty. They also make great pets if you can teach them fear, which they don’t know instinctively. These are great for muddy hikes or crossing streams. 25 in your local Japanese fishing store. Places where bananas thrive are bound to be covered in vines, which can screw up your plans for the tree’s descent.
So clear any vines away before you chop your banana tree down. My mom is using that little sickle again. Don’t misplace your sickle when the tree comes down. One person will need to chop down the tree, while another person waits down wind to catch the falling stalk. Luckily, banana trees are easy to cut through. All you need is one of these machetes and a few whacks.
My mom had her spine fused, so I’ll be catching the tree while she whacks it. Remember not to hurt the keikis! Those are your future banana harvests. The trees aren’t very heavy so they usually fall slow enough to catch them. Here I am holding it up while my mom comes to cut the stalk off. Hold the flower end in one hand and cut through the other.
But you have to get back across that stream to get home. Carrying a whole banana stalk can be tiring, and that sap really stains your clothes. So cut your stalk into “hands,” like what they sell in the grocery store. Like I said, that sap really stains.