Like Comparing Apples to Canary Islands Bananas

You’ve probably heard the expression, “That’s like comparing apples to oranges.” It’s used when someone tries to compare two things that cannot be validly compared. An example: What do you like better, bananas or green?


Jerry and I were having just such a discussion the other day. I don’t even remember what the discussion was about, but we agreed it was like comparing apples to oranges.

The only problem was Jerry said it was “like comparing apples to apples and oranges to oranges,” which kind of (kind of?) misses the entire point of the idiom. So, I suppose that makes this Jerryism #6.


But this really is just an excuse to tell you that yesterday Jerry bought a package of Canary Island bananas. These are the first bananas we’ve had in months. The first bananas we’ve had in Spain. And the first bananas we’ve ever had that were grown on the Canary Islands. They are exceptionally delicious. We can’t say exactly what it is that makes them different from the bananas we’ve had in the past (from Mexico, and Central and South America). But they are somehow sweeter we think.

Or maybe we just have a bias toward anything from Spain.

Please see Will J’s comment below. It turns out it’s not my imagination. They really are better. — m

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

26 thoughts on “Like Comparing Apples to Canary Islands Bananas”

    1. Bob:
      Yeah, I'm leaning toward bias, too… Except they really are so much better.

      Poor Jerry: At first he didn't get the "bananas to green" analogy; saying it didn't make any sense. I said, "Exactly." I think his brain just works on a much higher plane.

  1. Hello Mitch:
    We rather think that we are at one with Bob [above] here. But how wonderful that your particular bananas are invested with qualities which the rest of us may seldom, if ever, experience. Life should be like that.

  2. It's funny how things that are so prevalent in one area are rare in another.
    Perhaps it's the fact that you haven't had bananas in a while that makes them sweeter. Much like seeing an old friend after an extended absence.
    Savor the goodness

  3. Or, maybe the bananas were so good because you have been banana-deprived.
    When my sister and I visited Iceland five years ago, we discovered that nuts are almost non-existent there. None of the candy bars or snacks had nuts in them. They substituted cereal or cookie bits for crunch. The only nuts available were in tiny little cans that were available only in bars–and of course, really expensive.

    1. Ms. Sparrow:
      Check out Will J's comment just below. It wasn't our imaginations. But, you're right about being banana-deprived!

      I can't imagine living someplace without nuts (no puns intended) and it would never even cross my mind. Travel is wonderful for making you appreciate the differences (all kinds of differences) in the world. We have found no cottage cheese in Sevilla.

  4. There is a reason for your perception, and you are right.

    The banana plantations in Central and South America that serve North American markets were developed in the 1800's. The Central and South American plantations are of the Gros Michel strain. The Canary Island bananas are a sub variety of the Dwarf Cavendish banana. "Cavendish bananas are shorter, blunter, duller coloured, and thinner skinned than Gros Michel. The flavour of most kinds is better, and they are preferred in Asia, where they are the leadign variety." Alan Davidson, The Oxford Companion to Food.

    1. Will:
      Thank you so much for this fascinating information. I didn't even think to look it up. We had also noticed the physical differences that are described. I am so glad to know we weren't showing a bias. They really ARE better.

  5. A banana for breakfast every day, either on its own, with muesli, with yoghurt, with porridge or sliced on a crispbread. Just read Will J's comment very interesting……..just enjoy this beautiful yellow darling.

    1. the cuby poet:
      I agree with your banana every day for breakfast. I love it added to crunchy cereal like muesli). My OCD brother was once told by The Dowager Duchess (when he was about 12) that a banana a day is good for him. 40 years later, he still eats a banana every day. But he can never have 2 in the same day… because she said one a day is good for him. Who knows what 2 might do?

  6. Funny you should be 'talking' about bananas! I just took out two loaves of banana bread from the oven! M-M-M good!
    Were these bananas organic? We find a difference in the taste and sweetness of organic and non-organic….the organic ones are better to our liking. It's like comparing APPLES AND ORANGES!!!

    Now, what's this about the banana peel? that turns your crank?!

    1. Jim:
      I LOVE banana bread. Jerry's mother used to make it for us. (We made it too, and it was delicious, but it tasted even better when her hands had been in the batter.)

      As far as I know, these are not organic bananas.

      As for the banana peel, that's just my anal-retentive streak rearing its ugly head. I love things that are neat, clean, and self-contained. "Organizer" stores are my favorite attraction.

  7. i love bananas! The kiddos at my work will only eat them if they are yellow no spots. no green. and sometimes they forget to peel them. LOL

    1. kisatrtle:
      I used to be like the kiddos at your work. I've forced myself to loosen up over the years. I can manage some spots (on the outside) and a teeny, tiny bit of pale green is OK!

  8. Are thet easier to peel Mitch? I only ask 'cause, hanging from the bars by one hairy arm, sometimes I find it difficult to peel bananas if my feet are cold.

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