Yes, they are. But not in the way that you would expect. Malaga was occupied by Arabic people for centuries and since then it’s a melting pot of nations. Here you can find people from all around the world and as far as I can see they can live together in peace without any problem. But there is one thing where you can clearly spot the Spanish racism and that is: Bananas!
Spanish people are obsessed with their bananas that they grow on the Canary Islands. Those are so superior so Spanish, they don’t even call those bananas. They call them: Planatos!
Just for comparison, here is a picture of three yellow fruits, one of them is a platano. Can you tell which one? You will get the answer later, just keep reading…
Oficially platanos should be cooking bananas, which are much bigger and greener than normal bananas and they are sometimes referred to as “Plantaines”. I quote from wikipedia, which is I know that not the most reliable source of information at times but for the sake of this article it’s good enough: “The term plantain is loosely applied to any banana cultivar that is eaten when cooked. However, there is no formal botanical distinction between bananas and plantains.” Let it sink: “There is no formal botanical distinction between bananas and plantains”.
Of course, that doesn’t matter for Spanish people who call every other banana in the world banana, and call only the bananas from the Canarias on their special name: Platanos.
If you go to any store or market in Malaga, you will be able to see bananas and platanos separately. The easiest way to tell the difference is that the platanos are more expensive, they often cost double as much as the bananas. If you ask someone why are they more expensive, the answer will be something like: “Because they are not cheap, blunt tasting common bananas… they are superior, better tasting, real Spanish platanos!”
To be honest, I have to admit, that there is indeed a slight taste difference, but in Turkish riviera for example they also have local bananas which have a slight lemon flavor. Yet, the turkish people don’t call them on any special name, they are just local bananas and that’s it. Also, this slight taste difference doesn’t justify the price difference, at least not in my opinion. There is another aspect however that makes a bit more sense to justify why the platanos are more expensive. I believe that Spain and Spanish people are supporting the industry of the Canary Islands by buying their pricier bananas… oh excuse me… their platanos!
By the way, Spaniards are really good in believing every kind of bullshit. For example here is their New Year’s eve custom to eat grapes at midnight. Las doce uvas de la suerte, “The twelve grapes of luck”. You might think it’s some ancient mythological or biblical thing, right? Actually, it started in 1895, when some vine growers in Alicante had too much grapes and they had to find a way to get rid of it. They pulled this off so well, that from 1909 it become an official thing and whole Spain is eating grapes now at New Year’s eve like nobody’s business. Kudos for their marketing!
After this little grape detour, let’s get back to the bananas. As you can see even, if there are several kinds of bananas around the world, long, short, yellow, green and purple, none of them are good enough for the Spaniards. Those are just poor imitation and abomination of the real, authentic Planatos from the canarias. But you know what? I believe in every bad thing there is also something good. In this case, I can keep all of these bananas – which are not platanos – for myself:
I guess you are really curious by now, if you guessed right about the Platano on the top photo. The answer is: The one on the right, which is the smallest and curviest is not a banana, that is the platano. Aproveches!