One of the stalks on the plantain tree in our front yard fell over. We were told that it needed to be cut off so that the tree would continue to grow and bear fruit. So when Tom went outside with the saw and a machete I ran to get my camera and followed along!
plantains fresh from the tree
Trimming the tree
There are a few more stalks about to fall over with fruit.
When the fruit falls off the tree it is not completely ripe. Many people go ahead and eat them then. They are used as a starch like a potato. It takes another 3-4 weeks for them to completely ripen and be soft enough to eat like a banana. So we have not tasted them yet. I am planning to make jam when they are ready.