During a visit to the Philippines a few years ago, I asked a cousin, who was an agricultural extension officer, if he could give me a sapling of a banana I had been craving for a long time. A plaintain locally known as saba, it is as common in the Philippines as the kluay namwa is in Thailand.
SEEMS FAMILIAR: ‘Saba’, top, becoming overripe. When unripe the saba looks like the Thai ‘kluay namwa’.
Most Filipinos grow up eating it in many ways _ as fresh fruit, boiled, fried, cooked in syrup and eaten with crushed ice, fried and dipped in caramel, and skewered and barbecued (Filipinos call it "banana cue"), or cooked with fish, pork or beef and assorted vegetables, among other ways.
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