I’m Bananas for Hawaiian Bananas

Today, I am here to discuss an important topic: apple bananas. Apple bananas are a type of banana that’s grown in Hawai‘i, a variety of which I have fallen completely in love and will forever have in my heart. Apple bananas are smaller than typical mainland bananas and are oftentimes described as being sweeter and tarter. They have even been compared to candy.

Weighing apple bananas at the local natural foods store. These only lasted a few days! Photo by MyLynn Phan.

They are so beloved in Hawai‘i that in every single conversation I had concerning bananas, someone would ask “Have you had an apple banana yet?”. Honestly, after trying my first apple banana, I’ve become a convert. There’s not much more to say on this topic, other than I strongly encourage you to try an apple banana if you ever visit Hawai‘i.

Another fruit spotlight is the mangosteen, which I have known from my childhood. Mangosteen are a fruit that only existed in the vestiges of my childhood memories, until I found them in the Hilo Farmer’s Market. The outside is a deep purple shell and the inside is a creamy, white pulp. I can’t really describe the flavor, besides heavenly.

Mangosteen from the Hilo Farmer’s Market. Photo by MyLynn Phan.

Thanks for tuning in on my fruit inspired rant!


MyLynn is currently pursuing a B.S. in Community and Regional Development and minors in Education and Religious Studies from the University of California, Davis. When she is not getting hopelessly lost in the wilderness during her backcountry excursions, MyLynn can be found flameworking reusable glass straws at her University Craft Center or picking flowers bouquets at the Student Farm. She is passionate about sustainability and environmental justice, and hopes to become an advocate for environmental protection through future involvement in governmental policy and legislation. Currently, she works as a Resident Advisor in the student dormitories, where she mentors and guides incoming first year students at UC Davis. MyLynn’s experiences gained from working with and serving the community around her has encouraged her to continue a career path centered around people and the natural environment.

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