Do the fresh-cut leaves really smell like bananas?!

LibbyLizMarch 30, 2006

Okay, I've never grown a banana plant & I recently started working in a nursery/garden center. The greenhouses have banana plants, though I don't know what kind.

One of my coworkers was giving a tour to pre-school kids & brought them around to the tropicals greenhouse where I was working on a wholesale order.

She took a leaf off one of the plants & told them to smell it & asked them what it smelled like. They said "Bananas!" & she said "That's right!".

Was she just fooling with them, or do fresh-cut banana plant leaves smell like bananas?

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pitangadiego(San Diego, CA)

News to me.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2006 at 10:47PM
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sfhellwig(6a SE Kansas)

Not in my experience. I have only been doing this a few years but have cut enough stalks to know. I always get a melon/cucumber smell. My wife agrees. Very nice and fresh, makes you almost want to take a bite. I can't say as I have ever had a plant that smells like a banana, green or ripe. Having children myself I would think the open ended question gave them the oportunity to think it smelled like bananas. Or else I'm just crazy and don't know what smells like what.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2006 at 12:21PM
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I think it depends on the variety. There is a statement in the book _Palms won't Grow Here_ that the sap from banana plants can smell like bananas.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2006 at 4:25PM
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I don't know that it smells like the fruit of a banana but I would say it definitely smells like the peel of a banana.

I don't eat bananas until the are yellow with many brown spots (just abuout to ROT! :) so it's possible that a green or just turned yellow banana would smell like the sap of the leaves and pseudostem.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2006 at 12:38AM
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yes, they do smell like banana peels/skins :)

    Bookmark   April 3, 2006 at 2:31PM
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blondboy47(z6b(almost 7) ON,Canada)

huh! ours smell like chicken! *snicker* ;)

    Bookmark   April 4, 2006 at 9:24AM
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