I know what frin's talking about, the things the guy at the corner shop used to use to pad out a ten-cent bag of mixed lollies. And they always had that kind of awkard perfumey smell about them, like presents for rarely-seen aunts at Christmas.
Lolly bananas, as I call them, are usually about 5cm long, banana shaped (of course), and an opaque light yellow. They sometimes have a slightly powdery surface as if they've been lightly dusted with cornflour. They are what I'd call a fondant candy, with a texture that ranges from slightly chewy to crisp and crunchy, depending on the degree of freshness. (Some fans insist on them being fresh, others will eat only stale ones.) The flavour has nothing with bananas to do, but comes from an ester that every chemistry teacher gets you to make in high school (isopentyl acetate maybe?).
I rather like them, but do feel quite sick if allowed to consume a whole bag of the things.
I looked and looked when I was living in the States and never once found them, although I did once try something that was orange coloured and not banana shaped but which otherwise had the exact same texture and flavour. Can't remember what they were called.
I like this bit from the Wiki whoopie about Moringa: "The tree is said to host ghosts during the night. This combined with the fact that the tree attracts a host of insects make it unattractive for people to grow it in their backyards."
No way am I having all those unlisted words on my patch, bucko.
Here you are c_b, a vegetable tree: "Moringa oleifera, commonly referred to simply as Moringa, is the most widely cultivated variety of the genus Moringa. It is of the family Moringaceae. It is an exceptionally nutritious vegetable tree with a variety of potential uses." The full article is at this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moringa_oleifera
A Moringa leaf served with bananas would be an epicurean delight.
I will not sit quietly while bananas are being trashed. Sexless & sterile my foot! Bananas are a highly dynamic fruit potent with important nutrients & other vital life-giving elements. Bananas have rightfully been venerated throughout history by most of the world's great cultures. In fact, when God Himself is hungry, he peels Himself a great golden banana.
I hate all the Berry Corporation members. They are quickly taking control of the whole Fruit community, you know - soon, my friends, we're going to add -berry to any fruit. I'm having a coconberry tonight.
That's strange reesetee, most bananas are very civil towards me. We've had some excellent conversations especially late at night. How are you approaching bananas? They're quite intuitive - they can sense fear or arrogance. Mangoes can be cruel and sarcastic though.