Ha comprato un casco di banane.

English Translation

He has bought a banana case.

“Un casco di banane” is more like a bunch of bananas. Treccani has it as a fancy botanical term “infructescence” a.k.a an aggregate fruit. I truly don’t know what I would get from the store if I had ordered to buy a “banana case”. Probably a huge case of bananas? Or, I think I got it : “un casco” is a “helmet” so, a bunch of bananas looks like a helmet. Yes, “un casco di banane” has a much smaller size. I would get that!

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Hi. Yes, I’ve heard this use of casco during various trips to the supermercato. Very descriptive.

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Uhm… Actually, for “casco” indicates the whole infructescence (like the linked image), that may have hundreds of individual bananas. At the market, bananas are normally sold in small clusters of 4-6 bananas. I wouldn’t use “casco” for that… I would call that simply “delle banane”.

I don’t know if English has a term for that. I would have translated the English sentence as “una cassa di banane”.

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Friend in Lucca had a great sense of humour when shopping, I probably misheard when it came to le banane;-)

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