A Global History, by Lorna Piatti-Farnell

For over a century, the banana has been the world’s favourite fruit. Its history, however, is entangled with colonial practices, capitalist enterprise, sexual politics and even horrific murders.

This book gives us insight into the agricultural origins of the banana and to its ubiquitous presence in culinary repertoires around the globe. It focusses on our recent history and the banana is traced in cultural practices, advertising and commercial schemes from nineteenth-century medical manuals to cookbooks and songs. (Source: Banana, by Lorna Piatti-Farnell, Published by Reaktion Book Ltd, London, 2016. Distributed by UCP Books)

Recipe: BANANAS with RUM

  • 12 bananas
  • Sugar
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Rum
  1. Peel and cut the fruit into small pieces;
  2. Put into saucepan with enough water to stop the fruit from burning
  3. Flavour with plenty of lemon juice and enough sugar to taste
  4. Cook slowly till bananas are soft.
  5. Run through a sieve, refrigerate till cold.
  6. Add rum just before serving

(Source: Recipes from the staff of Zaria Children’s School, p6, 1974)