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Bananas Grow On Abbotsford, B.C. Plant After 10 Fruitless Years

08/19/2015 06:54 EDT | Updated 08/19/2015 06:59 EDT

Well, whaddya know.

A banana plant that's been sitting in an Abbotsford, B.C. backyard for nearly a decade has produced fruit.

Aird Flavelle said he bought the plant from an elderly woman's roadside stand and has "nurtured it" ever since.

But it never sprouted bananas — until now.

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"It always spit green leaves three feet long, and this year they were about six feet," Flavelle told HuffPost B.C. in a phone interview.

Flavelle went away on vacation in mid-July. By the time he returned, something sweet had emerged from among the unusually long leaves.

"I was like, that's not a leaf," Flavelle said. "I thought, 'By golly, that's a banana!'"

The farmer said the two-inch long fruit are likely Japanese fibre bananas, which are meant for cooking rather than plucking straight off the plant for a snack.

Flavelle said he's overjoyed about his crop, but feels a little guilty about why they might finally be blooming in the Fraser Valley, which has seen a hot and dry summer.

"It's super fun to have the bananas, but I'm appalled I got them, because it's not a good thing that we can grow bananas in Canada," he said.

Nevertheless, Flavelle said he's excited for the fruit to ripen up so he can tackle some banana bread.

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