Growing up in Barbados in the 60’s, almost everyone we knew kept livestock of some kind in their backyard. This would include pigs, sheep, goats, and chickens. In addition, there would be an herb and vegetable garden, (kitchen garden as it’s called) at the side of the house. Part of producing some of your food included the planting of fruit trees, (mango, papaya, soursop, avocado, coconut) to name a few. If your property was small with no room to plant the bigger fruit trees, you could still plant a banana tree, everyone had banana trees. Bananas are so easy to grow, you could literally establish a farm from a single tree, although it might take a while. Each tree, as it’s maturing, produces suckers. There could be as much as ten from a single tree. They can be removed and replanted and they in turn produce more suckers.

After a little more than a year of this planting, we had fruit. This bunch had over a hundred bananas. We shared with the neighbours, cooked some (green ones) harvested some to ripen, left some to tree ripen, baked banana bread, peeled and froze some. So that’s pretty much the life cycle of the banana. Island life offers a lot of cool and interesting experiences. Some people never see a banana until it’s in the market, here, I’m able to grow my own.



  1. Great post. Excellent pictures. We always buy bananas but never give it a thought about how they grow in the tree. Do you have some other tropical fruit trees? Like mangoes or avocados?


    1. Hello and thanks. I do have a mango tree but not ready to bear fruit yet. I also have plantain trees, soursop and passion fruit. There’s a large mango tree at my family property in another part of the island, some of my neighbours have mango trees and they share.


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