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Announcing Chowhound's Newest Category: Bananas

We're pleased to announce that as of today, Chowhound has a brand new discussion category: Bananas

I know what you're thinking....why didn't we create this category sooner!?!? After all, billions of people around the world eat bananas, compared to foods like wine and cheese which are far less popular. So we apologize for the delay, and we're happy that the discussion category now exists here: http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/92

The banana category on Chowhound is the place to discuss anything having to do with bananas (including plantains): choosing bananas, storing bananas, peeling bananas, cooking with bananas, deciding whether to feed bananas to infants, learning how to avoid bruising your bananas, discussing how to make banana toothpaste, telling your favorite banana jokes, learning how to say 'banana' in other languages, and any other pressing questions.

So go ahead....go bananas!

Again, we're sorry it's taken so long to do this.

Dave MP

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  1. This has to be an April Fools joke.

    1. Could we also discuss the Woody Allen classic from the early 1970's? What about bananas as an option on a lonely evening? I think that this board is an absolutely BRILLIANT idea! Now, everyone, I want your best banana cake recipe!

      Happy April Fools Day!

      Sarah M.

      1. Dave, you forgot to announce the logo contest!

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        1. re: Melanie Wong

          I find the third banana logo suggestion to be in poor taste. Do we really need to see a topless banana? At least give her some coconuts to wear or something! SHEESH! Seems "you people" really like to let it all hang out, don't you?! Well, at least now you have your own board.

          1. LOL! Happy April Fool's Day, fellow CHs.

            1. LOLOL -- right down to the appearance of whether we really need a banana board, and the profiles of all the posters....

              Well-played, Dave. Well-played.

              Some links to BoingBoing's long-running banana memes -- JUST LOOK AT IT.





              (my personal favorite




              1. There aren't many people posting on the banana board yet. Can't you put a sticky somewhere? If I click the "recommend" button does that mean I like the whole board or just your post?
                And we need a banana of the month. Who is in charge of the banana of the month?

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                  1. ''Electrical Banana is gonna be a sudden craze. Electrical Banana is bound to be the very next phase.''
                    Donvan 'Mellow Yellow' 1966

                    1. Closely followed by "Foods that Rhyme with Orange Board"

                      1. I'm really excited about this. Thanks Dave! You're right: Why didn't you think of it sooner. Actually, why didn't ^_I_^ think of it.

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                        1. re: Gio

                          I don't know...it's a slippery slope from here on out, that's for sure.

                          1. re: Servorg

                            You don't think I'm going to fall for that do you?

                            1. re: Gio

                              lol...my first post for the new board will be this photo asking for help in identifying these unidentified things http://funpicc.blogspot.com/2012/01/l...

                              1. re: Servorg

                                Gosh. Thanks for the heads-up. Now I can beat everyone to the search...

                                1. re: Gio

                                  And we haven't "touched" on the whole issue of happiness and bananas in pockets yet... ;-D>

                                    1. re: Gio

                                      I've always thought you were very appealing...

                                      1. re: Servorg

                                        Get a room already! And I thought it would help giving the "bananas" their own board...

                                        1. re: kattyeyes

                                          Banana in haste

                                          Repent at leisure

                                          (Dave will soon be repenting...I'm sure because these jokes are coming in bunches...)

                                          1. re: Servorg

                                            Plaintaining these sorts of stories on to the "Inter Web" can take on a life of their own, as we can see...

                                          2. re: kattyeyes

                                            Harumph. Bored is as board does...just sayin'. (or is it the other way round)

                                            1. re: Gio

                                              Hey, let's not go bana...er...crazy here!

                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                I see a "nuts" board comin' next!

                                              2. re: Gio

                                                Not to worry, CH brings out the inner banana in LOTS of people! ;)

                                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                                  Yes, and that's sort of like upsetting the apple cart...

                                                  1. re: Gio

                                                    No need to mix apples and bananas now, Gio!

                                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                                      Besides...I don't think bananas are housed in carts. Don't they live in hammocks?!

                                                      1. re: kattyeyes

                                                        It turns out they just hang out with their friends and family most of the time...

                                                        1. re: Servorg

                                                          Well, to quote Gwen Stefani:
                                                          "This sh*t is bananas: B-A-N-A-N-A-S!"

                                                          1. re: kattyeyes

                                                            And on that note, I've gotta split...

                                                            1. re: kattyeyes

                                                              I need to split now before I get all mushy and embarrass myself...but this has been more fun than a barrel of monkeys, with, or without, the long yellow things...

                                                          2. re: kattyeyes

                                                            Well I've only looked briefly but I could have sworn I've seen some hung, on a hook thingy, in the kitchen.

                                                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                Prevents early maturation. I'm told.

                                                                1. re: Gio

                                                                  Yeah, bananas hate when THAT happens...

                                    2. re: Servorg

                                      "I got one foot on a banana peel, the other in the twilight zone!"


                                  1. All of us from Ojai california or Florida applaud the formation of a board for this overlooked fruit. Chiquita is not the only type. While my favorites are ice cream and finger, there are those who espoise the horse, plantain, and Jamaican red.

                                    For those who consider it simply a Hal Roachian prop, it transpires to be the primary sustanance for discerning paleo and vegan wannabees.

                                    Personally,I don't look good in black and gold, but as my daughter would say, whatever. As I bumble about.

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                                    1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                      So, what you are saying is, this new board won't be playing second banana to any other board in your opinion?

                                      1. re: Servorg

                                        Correct, no bananas foster child here.

                                        1. re: Veggo

                                          I'm worried about flambe wars breaking out though...what do you think?

                                          1. re: Veggo

                                            Cures what ails you, improves the libido for all the sexes, and is a petroleum free wax on the ski slopes.

                                        2. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                          it transpires to be the primary sustanance for discerning paleo and vegan wannabees.
                                          Not Paleo, too much sugar. Vegan, sure. In fact...

                                          But wait, should this be a discussion on the Special Diets or V&V board instead of here?

                                          And what about plantains? They *look* like bananas, but technically they're not the same. So are we allowed to discuss them here? And if not, can they have their own board? It doesn't seem fair to play favorites. Some of us prefer the more savory, lower-sugar option. Ya know, all that sugar in bananas will kill you. In fact, my sister went to college with someone whose ex-boyfriend's aunt died from eating too many bananas on the Cabbage Soup Diet.

                                          Speaking of which, has anyone tried the Cabbage Soup Diet? Does it really work?

                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                            My father used to do it every so often and it worked but he could never make it through the brown rice and cranberry juice day.

                                            Always put the weight back on.

                                            1. re: melpy

                                              I was kidding, but I appreciate you taking the time to reply anyway :)

                                          1. I was going to provide a link to a great Bananarama tune, but there isn't any. Links, yes. Great tunes, no.

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                                                1. re: Gio

                                                  Never heard this version--and I LOVE Louis Prima! Perfect call!

                                                  1. re: kattyeyes

                                                    And then there is always the Spike Jones version...

                                                  2. re: Gio

                                                    "We no gotta da banana"--this is AWESOME!

                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                      Louis was cool, but I like this oldie. You have to listen to the whole thing.


                                                      1. re: grampart

                                                        Who knew someone was spelling out "bananas" long before Gwen Stefani? On a 78 no less! I couldn't make your link work, grampart, but this one does--still listenin':

                                                        1. re: grampart

                                                          That's the Bee's Knees, the Berries, and the Cat's Pajamas all rolled into one vinyl...

                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                            Speaking of which, just noticed this one too....this guy loves his bananas!

                                                    2. Nice try but not very convincing.

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                                                      1. re: rasputina

                                                        Yellow journalism doesn't cut it for you?

                                                        1. re: rasputina

                                                          Don't like it? You should make like a banana tree and LEAVE. ;P

                                                          1. re: kattyeyes

                                                            I finally get to use some factual, actual knowledge I picked up about 30 years ago and somehow never forgot.

                                                            From the Chiquita website:

                                                            "A common misconception is that bananas come from banana trees, when in fact the banana is closely related to ginger and ornamental plants such as birds of paradise, amaranths and canna lilies. The banana plant is not a tree, but the world's largest perennial herb and grows up to 25 feet, developing massive banana leaves that may extend 9 feet in the air. Edible bananas are technically berries and do not produce seeds. Their rhizomes, or roots, can be hundreds of years old."

                                                            1. re: Servorg

                                                              Mama mia. Jack and Giant Banana Stalk... I thought you were going to say it was a root vegetable.

                                                              1. re: Gio

                                                                Only "Joey Bananas" could be classified as a "root fruit" since he went underground so often back in the day...

                                                                1. re: Servorg

                                                                  "Joey Bananas". We had to ostracize him from The Family because he liked banan wid his pasta fazool and cappacol.
                                                                  My avatar is in fond memory.

                                                                  1. re: Gio

                                                                    Take the banana. Leave the gun and the Cannoli...

                                                                    1. re: Servorg

                                                                      I love cannoli so... I'll take the banana stuffed into the cannoli. Wid sweet ricotta.

                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                        Gotta foster it first! That is actually not so bananas after all!

                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                            Now, now, it's not a question of need! I don't need them, either. ;)

                                                            2. re: kattyeyes

                                                              Banana leaves...Hmmm....time for a little Tikin-Xic...

                                                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                  "Banana leaf wrapped seasonal white fish marinated and baked in a traditional Yucatan mixture of achiote, orange and garlic served on a bed of black bean puree and rice, topped with pickled red onion and salsa." What's not to like?

                                                                  I'll take mine w/o the black bean puree, please.

                                                                  1. re: Gio

                                                                    Nothing if you like cooked fish, but I don't. ;) Now the black bean puree, that's not an issue.

                                                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                      You must be bananas. (Sorry, I had no choice.)

                                                                2. re: Veggo


                                                                  The most memorable meal I had lo these many years ago when I went to Merida after I graduated from USF.

                                                              1. I can't believe there is a category just for bananas...why not make individual sites for cuts of meat like offal, rice varieties, oranges, or any one of other topics? I contacted the mods recently asking for a category devoted to wild game & fishing but the request got turned down! Many chowhounders would appreciate this topic but no go, yet there is a category for bananas...this is just the dumbest thing I've read on this website. Favoritism at it's finest at work here at Chow!

                                                                17 Replies
                                                                1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                  Cheryl, what's today's date? Hmmmmm.....

                                                                  1. re: Gio

                                                                    See now I read Cherylptw's comment as totally tongue and cheek.

                                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                                      Why don't you tell me? And please don't say April Fool's Day; it's still dumb...JMHO

                                                                      1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                        Take a deep breath.

                                                                        It was set up for April Fool's Day, we had fun, we laughed (a lot).

                                                                        Dave's already posted that the board is going away.

                                                                        1. re: sunshine842

                                                                          You can lead a hound to bananas, but you can't make them laugh...

                                                                      2. re: Cherylptw

                                                                        Hi Cherylptw,

                                                                        Thanks for your feedback. As I've said before, we thought the time was right for creating a place for banana discussions. So that's the decision we went with. However, I think your suggestion of creating an orange category is a great idea, and is certainly something I'd consider for next year.

                                                                        1. re: Dave MP

                                                                          What, no love for my "Food that rhymes with Orange" board?

                                                                          1. re: Servorg

                                                                            All right I'll bite. Just exactly what food rhymes with "orange"? And don't say Porrange.

                                                                            1. re: Gio

                                                                              I'm withholding all of the great ones I've thought of until the board is created...then prepared to be wowed!

                                                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                                                Only sporange unless you count half-assed rhymes. (See Eminem)

                                                                                1. re: grampart

                                                                                  Come on, people!!! What day is it still? Let's get into the spirit of this thread...

                                                                                  1. re: grampart

                                                                                    You are really breakin' out your street cred today, grampart. First Bananarama, now Eminem? You're really not someone's gramp after all, are you? :)

                                                                                        1. re: grampart

                                                                                          I was born 2 weeks before Jackie Robinson played in his first Major League game. Ancient? Not so much, but old enough for Medicare!

                                                                                          1. re: grampart

                                                                                            Ah! 10 years younger than my mom. :) I like math problems with words.

                                                                                            OOPS, 12 years. I forgot, math is not always my friend. HA HA!

                                                                          2. Dave . . . thanks! I haven't laughed so much as I have reading the threads on the Banana board.

                                                                            1. yeah, yeah, yeah very cute, but did you have to pick the one food I absolutely refuse to eat?

                                                                              What would be wrong with a bacon board? Oh wait, never mind, I know the answer to that one: no one would take it as a joke, and you'd be forced to continue it!! (come to think of it, why the heck DON'T we have a bacon board?)

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                                                                              1. re: susancinsf

                                                                                The whole site would tip to the left...

                                                                              2. When I logged on, I just saw posts and posts of bananas and was so confused. Took me awhile to get in on the joke :/

                                                                                1. One time I ate a banana. It was pretty good. Please recommend this review so others will take note.

                                                                                            1. re: Servorg

                                                                                              The hits just keep on comin'! And the bacon Scope couldn't be more perfectly placed! HA!

                                                                                              Notice no one ever plays the name game with Chuck. ;)

                                                                                      1. This site has truly gone bananas today...LOL!!!

                                                                                        1. What about plantains?!?! This is blatant banana-centrism.

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                                                                                          1. re: Pincus

                                                                                            The banana board has already proven to be very welcoming. It entertains topics on all banana varieties and even plantains.

                                                                                          2. Would it be appropriate to discuss banana stickers on this thread or should I hold out for a separate board?

                                                                                            1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8MDNF...

                                                                                              Shoot! I promised myself I wouldn't fall for any April Fools Day jokes today!

                                                                                              In honor of bananas, here is my favorite dancing banana!

                                                                                              1. I love you, Chowhound, and all the fantastically witty smarta$$es who have run with this! Haven't laughed so hard in forever. A hefty dish of self-decrecating humor is what we all need from time to time. Best April 1st ever. Kudos.

                                                                                                5 Replies
                                                                                                  1. re: grampart

                                                                                                    Have you not read the Banana Board? They do not foster the concept of +1. They will flay and cream you for that response.

                                                                                                      1. re: grampart

                                                                                                        Uh-oh, my predicted flambe war looks to be breaking out...

                                                                                                        1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                          I believe alcohol-fueled responses are responsible for many of the splits in these threads.

                                                                                                1. Why do bananas wear pyjamas & why do they go down the stairs?

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                                                                                                  1. re: Kalivs

                                                                                                    To get other other side and so the splinters wont hurt?

                                                                                                  2. (Can we, pretty-please-with-bananas-on-top, always have an ersatz topic board on Chowhound? It seems to allow for a lot of good-humored off-gassing that has sent my enjoyment of this site skyrocketing today.)

                                                                                                    2 Replies
                                                                                                    1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                      Wouldn't it be nice? Couldn't agree with you more. I haven't had this much fun here in a LONG, LONG time.

                                                                                                      ETA: And I even LEARNED some things, too! :)

                                                                                                      1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                        Absolutely. I would love it if the Bananas board would hang around, so that we all have a forum in which to snark/self-parodize to our little hearts' content.

                                                                                                      2. At the risk of stating the obvious, this was certainly a ripe topic for discussion today...

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                                                                                                          1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                            That, (the image of green bananas) made me recall one of my two favorite news story captions of all time. This was in the LA Times, maybe 20 years ago and it read (exactly)

                                                                                                            "Angry Mob Forces Mayor to Eat Bananas"

                                                                                                            A group of folks in this little town in Mexico got angry at their mayor, and they grabbed him and forced him (by threat of physical violence if he didn't consume them) to down 8 lbs of mostly green bananas. Ouch!

                                                                                                            (My favorite caption ever was another LA Times story that caught my eye where I saw this: "Twelve Bystanders Shot in Ugandan Traffic Accident")

                                                                                                            1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                              Oof. Newbie Bananas. <sigh> All the *Patience* required. <eyeroll> Best let them get bruised up a bit.

                                                                                                              1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                An otherwise wonderful bunch, however! ;) Goodnight and may sweet dreams be yours, my fellow bananaheads! This was the funnest (yup, I know, not a word) April Fool's EVAH!


                                                                                                                I'd like to give the world a banana... :)

                                                                                                          2. Makes as much sense as some of the other ridiculous threads.

                                                                                                            1. please, can we keep the banana board forever? i need this silliness in my life! such fun!

                                                                                                              4 Replies
                                                                                                              1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                                                Isn't it great? What a clever little bit of community-spirited plain-old-fun. Whatever Mods came up with this deserve a hearty high-five.

                                                                                                                1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                  And maybe a bonus? I laughed all day.

                                                                                                                  1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                    I laughed all day, too. Usually don't check CH from work but I couldn't resist the pull of bananapalooza. So many of the comments were laugh-out-loud hysterical, and the unexpected comic relief from a few brutal weeks at work was nice. Good night to my always-witty banana board lovers!

                                                                                                                2. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                                                  I agree...it was so nice to have a place to be goofy today. Dare I say, sometimes we CHers can take ourselves a bit seriously. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to laugh at ourselves and have an outlet for silliness.

                                                                                                                  Soooo much fun...thank you to whomever came up with this prank and all those who participated!

                                                                                                                3. Major thanks to Dave MP for setting up all the fun, and to all you hounds for taking it and running with it.

                                                                                                                  Kept me giggling all day.

                                                                                                                  1. Hi everyone,

                                                                                                                    As many guessed, the Banana Category on Chowhound was an April Fool's joke. We're glad that everyone had a good time, and we really enjoyed reading the posts. Lots of good laughs, so thanks to everyone who participated!

                                                                                                                    Since it's now April 2nd, we're going to be removing the banana category. We're going to be keeping discussions that are seriously about food, and moving them to the appropriate category. Discussions that are complete jokes are going to be removed from the site, though if you'd like to have a copy of what you posted, you can either copy it today before it gets deleted, or email moderators@chowhound.com to ask for a copy of your post.

                                                                                                                    We're really glad that there's so much passion for bananas here, and thanks to everyone for making Chowhound such a great community!

                                                                                                                    Dave MP

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                                                                                                                    1. re: Dave MP

                                                                                                                      It was fun while it lasted, Dave.. thanks for the laugh!

                                                                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                        It was probably my favorite thing I've ever contributed to Chowhound. I'll mourn its loss... :)

                                                                                                                      2. re: Dave MP

                                                                                                                        Geez. I just got here 'cause I didn't see it posted elsewhere on CH yesterday! :-/ Oh well.

                                                                                                                          1. re: grampart

                                                                                                                            I wasn't going to any specific boards on 4/1, I guess. Just the posts I had recently participated on from my profile.

                                                                                                                            Oh well.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Dave MP

                                                                                                                          Oh please don't remove it! I haven't read all the posts yet and seriously, it's the best laugh I've had in a loooong time.

                                                                                                                          And to whoever thought of it, it's absolutely BRILLIANT!!!

                                                                                                                          Thanks for the giggles.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Dave MP

                                                                                                                            can't wait to see what is found for next year. pies for throwing?