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“Un racimo de platanos”

A racism of bananas = Un racimo de platanos.  I almost always get the meaning of these Cubanisms, but this one escapes me -  A racism of bananas.  Hmmm...  Cuban subtlety at its best or I'm just out on this one?  Please someone explain.

One of my  favorite sites is Jose Reyes' Cubanology.  In addition to the great bi-weekly editorials, and the baseball pages, etc, etc, are the pages dedicated to Dicharachos Cubanos,  it is a treasure, and to me, reading through them fits right in with the spirit of Thanksgiving.

I wish it there was a book, check it out, here.

5 comments to “Un racimo de platanos”

  • Eddy Gonzalez

    A racimo, from the latin racemus meaning a bunch (as of grapes), is something different from racismo.

  • Eddy Gonzalez

    I must say though, I love coming across funny misleading phrases like that, and I play with them in my mind all the time. Thanks for the link and happy Thanksgiving.

  • Henry Agueros

    Ziva....Eddys got it right.
    Ever hear of "PAN SOBAO"?

  • Cubanita

    For a second I also got confused, but Eddy got it right. No idea why racismo was used, when the actual reference is to "a bunch". Henry, I've never heard of that pan sobao before...

  • Felixthe3rd

    Pan Sobao:

    Pan de Manteca-o-Sobao

    Recipe By :
    Serving Size : Preparation Time :0:00
    Categories : Volume 8-04 Apr 2005

    Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
    -------- ------------ ------------------------------...
    5 pounds flour
    1 1/2 ounces salt
    3/4 cup sugar
    1/2 cup shortening
    2 liters water
    1/2 ounce dry yeast

    Preheat oven on 340F to 350F.

    Mix water, sugar, salt and shortening for 2 or 3 minutes.

    In a heavy-duty mixer, add flour and yeast and knead the dough for 15
    minutes. (You can also do it by hand. My abuela didn't have a fancy mixer).

    Divide the dough in 5 equal portions and shape them into loaves.

    Place loaves on baking sheets and allow rising until they are doubled.

    Bake until golden.

    Tips : The loaves are done when you tap them and it makes a hollow sound.