Indian Bananas in Kuwait

Indian Banana

These bananas are available in the Sultan Centre and are not too ripe. They must be in season now in India. I’ve had these in south India and they are delicious. You don’t know what a banana should taste like if you haven’t had these. In fact, the regular commercial bananas have been the Cavendish variety least flavourful variety chosen since the 1950’s for their resistance a soil fungus called Panama Disease. There is a podcast with full transcript here at Scientific American about it.

Now there is concern that diseases will seriously affect the current crops particularly in Africa.

Kuwaiti dates


Wow it’s 2012 2015 and this post continues to be one of my most popular ones! I didn’t expect this. Well no hot dates here unless you want a link to recipes to bake some nice date squares or some bacon wrapped dates!

The kind of dates that this post is about are the ones that grow on date palms. I imagine that this post gets many visitors interested in the other kind of dates. Well if you arrive here for that reason, you are better off to go to other sites for online dating, to meet other singles, find love, relationships, a soulmate, marriage, girlfriend, boyfriend or whatever. But if you are here to learn about the amazing date palm, read on a bit. And I’ll continue to add to this post over time with more information about dates. I am slowly going through the book, The Date Palm: From Traditional Resource to Green Wealth (Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research)

Dates are an amazing food, full of nutrients and of many varieties. The date palm as food has been used by people in the Arabian Gulf for over 7500 years. In 2001 world date production was 5.4 million tons and increasing at about 5% a year. The top five date producing countries in 2001 were Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Iraq.

Though if you want to fix a spinal injury, you better go for the blue M&Ms!

Here’s another blog post on dates with further information in its comments including a link to a map showing where the dates market is (look at the x in the middle of the map). I’m going shopping for dates on 8 August and will report on my success. I want to get a selection of the very best quality dates.

The Kuwait Times has this article saying Kuwait dates are available early this year but the best are yet to arrive.
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Sushi Night

Tonight was sushi at Sakura. Here’s the appetiser, miso soup.

Miso Soup at Sakura

Just playing with my camera phone then a few tweaks in Adobe Lightroom

Shopping day today at the Sultan Centre

They don’t have the cheapest or the widest selection of produce in the Al Kout one but I didn’t want to take more time to go anywhere else.

To convert the currency at today’s rates

1 Kuwait Dinar = 2.1314 GBP
or 3.9131 CAD
or 2.4808 EUR
or 3.4982 USD

I got the rates from