|Image blatantly from Amazon, where you can buy these seeds|
Some, like avocados and lemons were decidedly long shots and, as expected, it is still much too cold here (give it 50 years or so) to grow these in Michigan. I did have one super exciting discovery of something I could grow here: bananas! That's right: it is possible to grow bananas in Michigan. Not all varieties, mind you, but there are one or two edible varieties that will put up with the cold temperatures and possibly (with a much increased chance, now that we are considered zone 6!) of actually bearing fruit. After doing a big of research, I decided I wanted to grow Darjeeling bananas. From what I've read, it is hardy up to zone 5, but is unlikely to produce fruit in anything lower than a 6 or 7. Sounds like a worthwhile gamble to me (especially since a reader of this blog was generous enough to fund this project)!
I do have one confession though. I don't like bananas. I don't see that as a problem with this project though, since A) everyone else in my family loves bananas, B) these are not the same variety as store bought bananas, so I'm sure they would taste different, and C) if you'd only ever had a store-bought tomato, could you actually say that you didn't like tomatoes?
One last thought, further proof I've gone bananas: I'm also going to grow pineapples this year, but more about that in a future post.