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Oh, come, Mr Tally Man, tally me banana

The bananas here in Egypt aren't quite as good as they were in Mayotte (you can't get a lot of different varieties, either), but they are so much better than the supermarket offerings in France.  You can, of course, buy them in the store here, but they are better fresh off the cart where the hands are still in a bunch.


And did I mention cheaper? If you are up to speed on your Arabic numerals, you will see that you can buy a kilo for 5 EGP (Egyptian pounds), which works out to about 32 cents a pound.

Hail the street vendor from your balcony, pop down to the street to buy a hand or two, hurry upstairs, and make banana pudding pie. If you want. :P

Guess who has dessert waiting for her? :D


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 20th, 2013 04:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, neat! What a cool way to buy bananas! And that's a great price!
Feb. 21st, 2013 09:06 am (UTC)
I love being able to get my fruits and veggies at the market just down the road. It is very picturesque. And the prices are amazingly low.
Feb. 20th, 2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
Different flavors of bananas--fresh from the bunch! Wonderful.
"Where the hands are still in a bunch"--those bunches are called hands? So is each individual banana a finger?

So you hail the vendor in English? French? Arabic?

(LOVE LOVE LOVE the photos, bien sûr)
Feb. 21st, 2013 09:03 am (UTC)
Yep, individual bananas are called fingers. :D It is kind of confusing to me in English (the French word is easier on my brain: régime=bunch) because a "group" of bananas could be a "bunch" for me. But the whole cluster of bananas on the rachis (the long stem upon which form all the tiers of bananas) is in fact termed a bunch. Then each tier is a "hand." So what you buy in the store is not a bunch of bananas but a hand of bananas or, more likely, part of a hand.

And I've actually never hailed a vendor from my balcony (poetic license); I buy my bananas from them where they stop on the corner when I come back from the market. I'll post pics of that soon. But if I did want his attention, I'd probably yell, "Salama!" which is one of the ways of saying hello.
Feb. 21st, 2013 09:05 am (UTC)
This icon is a bananaquit on a banana inflorescence. The bananas this plant makes are tiny and pink and oh-so-scrumptious. :D
Feb. 21st, 2013 01:02 pm (UTC)
Too, too wonderful. The things you've seen! And taken the time to notice and remember, and then *share*. I feel so lucky to have found you.
Feb. 21st, 2013 02:12 pm (UTC)
The feeling is mutual, my friend!
Feb. 20th, 2013 08:57 pm (UTC)
miam miam
I get the chance to eat the banana pudding but people might wana see the good stuff...see I said...right!
Why don't you add a picture.
Feb. 21st, 2013 08:33 am (UTC)
Re: miam miam
I thought about it, but it was too late when I finished it and the light wasn't nice. :P It wasn't pretty either, but it tasted mighty fine, didn't it? ;)
Feb. 21st, 2013 07:57 am (UTC)
Cool! I didn't know they had trishaws in Egypt too!
Feb. 21st, 2013 08:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, I don't know why it surprised me, too, to see them, but it did. :P
Feb. 21st, 2013 01:45 pm (UTC)
very cool!
Feb. 21st, 2013 02:12 pm (UTC)
I bet they have tasty bananas in Malaysia, non?
Feb. 21st, 2013 02:47 pm (UTC)
They do. Red ones as well. :p
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