Just like with avocados and mushrooms and anything else, there are many, many varieties of banana out there. But something like 95% of bananas bought and consumed in the US are Cavendish, and Cavendish only. As someone who eats bananas for breakfast just about every single day, I’ll admit that Cavendish bananas are delicious. But I’m intensely curious about the flavor of some of these other ones. The red banana in particular is supposed to be especially tasty, and Ladyfingers are supposed to be super sweet. Manzanos are named for their apple-like tartness, and Ducasses are supposed to be fantastic on salads.

You might have read recently about the Cavendish cultivar’s vulnerability to a strain of Panama disease recently – the recent history of banana production and consumption is pretty interesting. I’m thinking of doing my next comic about that!