It’s not just me; the New York Times thinks bananas are bad, too:

By 1960, the [tastier variety] was essentially extinct and the banana industry nearly bankrupt. It was saved at the last minute by the Cavendish, a Chinese variety that had been considered something close to junk: inferior in taste, easy to bruise (and therefore hard to ship) and too small to appeal to consumers.

In addition to producing nasty fruit, the banana industry is also responsible for clear-cutting rainforest, paying workers badly, shoring up compliant dictatorships, and overthrowing non-compliant governments. It’s no wonder I don’t eat the things!


Hat tip to Serious Eats for leading me to the banana exposé.

6 thoughts on “See?

  1. Mom June 20, 2008 / 9:07 am

    Your brother and #1 nephew won’t care what you or the “New York Times” say!! Can’t possibly imagine how many more they would eat if the taste was superior as opposed to inferior 🙂

  2. sionna June 20, 2008 / 9:17 am


    Banana haters unite! And now we have good reason other than, “Yuck, this thing tastes nasty!”.

  3. MsP June 20, 2008 / 10:48 pm

    See, here’s the thing – I know all that. And I don’t want to live in a world where I can’t have bananas every day. Even the smaller, inferior, less tasty variety.

    Remind me sometime to tell you about the Banana Room at Wal-Mart.

  4. Sarah June 21, 2008 / 12:43 pm

    I think “Banana Room at Wal-Mart” sounds like it might be my own personal hell — two things I really loathe combined!

  5. Hillary June 23, 2008 / 3:37 pm

    Count me in as another banana hater. Yuck, there is nothing I like about then except, oddly, the occasional banana bread. Hey, I never claimed to make any sense at all.

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