Bananas, contrary to the words of the old song ” yes, we got no bananas ” Africa produces over half of the world’s banana crop.
Together with potatoes, sweet potatoes, and corn bananas form one of the most staple foods of the tropical regions of Africa.
Bananas are used in every conceivable way that is in so far as food is concerned. They are eaten dried, raw, in soups, stews, salads, condiments, breads, cakes, muffins, puddings and desserts. The banana leaves are used to wrap food in for storage and for cooking. They are also used to thatch the roofs of huts.
Bananas, which incidently are classified as berries are thought to have originated in the tropical areas of Asia. Once they made their way to Africa the African tropical and subtropical regions were so suitable to their growth that they became one of the foremost crops of these regions.
Because of the importance of the banana to Africa and its peoples I have recently added a separate section to the Afri Chef website containing recipes using this versatile fruit. You will find recipes for various types of banana bread, and to show it’s versatility there are also recipes for a banana soup, banana chutney, banana stew, banana fritters and a banana pudding. You can find these recipes by clicking on the relevant link on the right-hand side of this blog.
I hope that you enjoy them.