Banana Love

Centre of the stage right now of our local produce, is the one, the many varieties of BANANA.Bananas

Now this is a very short post on a very large subject, but as you all may know (in the NT) our bananas have been ordered to be destroyed by April in a very large eradication zone from Darwin to very near Adelaide River township because of Banana Freckle. Some people are outraged, some sad- I mean who doesn’t have bananas or love bananas in the Darwin region?

We will post some more information and maps here very soon, but would like to share with you our love for the banana, our sadness that it needs to be destroyed and the many wonderful uses it has for us in our community!

On Sunday March 8th we will be celebrating the Banana at a Community Banana Festival at the Mulch Pit, Nightcliff. We will be having cooking demonstrations, art and craft, including banana fibre weaving, banana fibre paper making, banana theatre, music and talks about how amazing the banana is and some more info on how it has come about we need to get rid of them (for a while). The festival will be a wake for the banana and accumulate in shared banana dishes and a farewell ceremony!

The poster for this is released tomorrow!

The banana is an incredible plant, infact a herb in Musaceae family and there are hundreds of varieties, all growing in the tropics and sub tropics.

For now we will share just a few images from The GULP project of the diverse banana as food and friend from our community!

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Nick in Alawa loves his bananas and is waiting for his last ones to ripen.

Hannah banana

Hannah, also of Alawa is not very happy her backyard bananas have to go, she loves bananas so much that she is know as Hannah Banana! (pronounced so it rhymes!)

Banana shower love

Jon even showers in his bananas everyday (in a banana circle) and things could be quite exposed without them!

Anyway onto the banana parts and how interesting they are-

Banana flower salad kate

The flower of the banana is used for so many delicious dishes. Above is Kate (from Alawa)’s banana flower salad, where parts of the flower and boiled and chopped into a wonderful Asian style dish!

Sandar Tun and banana trunkThe young trunk of the banana can be made into many dishes, including this Bhurmese dish, cooked by Sundar Tun of Bhurma (above) and below a soup with Banana trunk made by Sandar (also of Bhurma) both of My Sister’s Kitchen in Karama.

sandar soup best

An Indian style curry can also be made from Banana trunk, like the one below, made by Erin of Fannie Bay.

Banana shoot curry

Many sweets are made from the ripe fruit of the banana, including this frozen banana desert made by Bhavini in Rapid Creek-

Banana and coconut frozen desert 2Banana cakes are a classic and most people in the Darwin area would have a recipe! The one pictured below with a native bushtucker fruit (Meiyogne or Bush Apricot) was made by Grusha of Nakara.

Banana Bread and Myogynie

Bananas that are green can be used for curries like the two below (one just banana, one with snake gourd in too) The plantain variety is best to make this, but most larger bananas can be used green. The curries below were made by Emma in Alawa, of Taste of The Top End.banana curry snake guord curryBanana leaves are used to wrap so many things, to be cooked in a fire, steamed or baked in an oven. INcluded are the wonderful banana leaf wrapped sticky rice banana sweets from Rapid Creek market.

sticky rice banana 2Bananas are used for weaving, as fibre and are pretty much found in everyone’s yard! Watch this space for more of the banana. Please send in your recipes and why you love the banana!

Fair food Week food Share

Fair food Week is all about food produced fairly, locally and with as little waste as possible.

ladies eatingThe GULP project invited community members to join us for a fair food share in conjunction with the Mulchpit to highlight the great food system of local food we grow ourselves. A group of 1local produce cooks met and shared their local dishes on a sweaty Sunday afternoon

georgia chili eggsGeorgia of Alawa made curried eggs from her backyard chooks and garden chillieschili eggs

Penny of Nightcliff brought home made bread to go with locally grown Mango jam, that she made with ginger.

mango marmaladeZohara made a wonderful Garden Greens stir frykang kong dishEmma made a local watermelon, sweet leaf and coconut mint saladWatermelon, sweetleaf and coconut saladLauren bought along some crunchy and delicious home made and grown pickled Okra

okra- pickledThere was a wonderful selection of dishes to enjoy…Zohara eats

All washed down with some garden tea

Garden tea

After a garden tour

in the garden

Fair food is the way forward and Growing and Using Local Produce!