What to do with those mini, little bananas?

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    I bought a bunch of tiny bananas today. I had never tried them, but the regular sized ones were too green and I felt like a banana to snack on NOW.. Well I was so disappointed. These perfect looking little bananas tasted like I was chewing on a firm stem, ..yeech, ..no flavor at all.

    So, does anyone know, are these types of banana meant for cooking instead, not meant for eating straight? If so, How does one cook them? I really hate to throw tham out. They look so cute.
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    Sorry I really don't know. My asian roomate used to eat those little bananas straight and the ones she had were really sweet and soft. Pretty good. Try google :uhoh: Sorry I couldn't be of help....making make a peanut butter, Fluff, and banana sandwich or puree them with sugar and add whip cream for a smoothie....i dunno.....
    Pokey GN
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    Some bananas are meant to be cooked. I'm not familiar with any tiny bananas. There is a banana called a Plantain that is cooked, but it is bigger than your normal banana. *forgive me if I spelled it wrong, I am no culinary expert

    Maybe if you know the name of the banana you could look up a recipe for them on the internet.
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    The little banana that you are talking about is called a "sugar banana"----they are usually quite sweet. I would suggest carmelizing them and serving them with vanilla ice cream. (unless you are on a low carb diet) That is what they do over here with them, or eat them just as is, yours are probably not ripe enough yet.

    Hope that this helps.....................
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    I agree with Suzanne, they are probably not ripe enough, I know that if I eat a banana that isn't ripe enough it taste like I'm eating a tree - well what I imagine a tree to taste like :chuckle Just leave them a couple more days and they'll probably taste better.
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    Quote from suzanne4
    I would suggest carmelizing them and serving them with vanilla ice cream.

    The one and only time I've cooked a banana was for a glaze like topping that went on top of vanilla ice cream. It was probably very similar to what Suzanne posted. Believe it or not, it was actually very good and I'm not a big fan of bananas.
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    I made a lil nana pudding from baby bananas it was quite yummy. Usually they are very sweet,maybe yours arent ripe yet.
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    Quote from suzanne4
    The little banana that you are talking about is called a "sugar banana"----they are usually quite sweet. I would suggest carmelizing them and serving them with vanilla ice cream. (unless you are on a low carb diet) That is what they do over here with them, or eat them just as is, yours are probably not ripe enough yet.

    Hope that this helps.....................
    When I was a kid in Bangkok I used to love those fried bananna's they sold on the streets. Yummy.

    If they weren't sweet they might have been plantains which aren't sweet. I'm not sure how to make them, but I think they are fried some way. Cubans and Peurto Ricans eat them up like that.
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    Quote from emmy
    ... they are probably not ripe...
    That's right!

    As indicated before, the ones you cook are plantains. And they're significantly larger than regular bananas. You can fry 'em when they're green or ripe (even kinda black -- sweeter). Salt them right after they come out of the oil. Delish!!!
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    Yeah, if they looked exactly like regular bananas (in color and texture) but were just teeny tiny, they should have been sweet. I used to buy those all the time, and I noticed that if they were just yellow they weren't nearly as sweet as when they started to turn brown. I just thought they were so adorable!!! I love anything miniature sized...probably why I work in the NICU...and the other day I had to stop myself from buying a $6 mini watermelon. Just sooooo cute!

    I could go for some flaming bananas over ice cream right now, but my doc put me on a potassium-sparing diuretic. Told me outright that bananas are no longer to be a part of my diet.


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