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Today is Banana Split Day

25 August is Banana Split Day.

Oddly, I don’t seem to have caught onto this one before this mention – strange, given my lifelong consumption of bananas, and learning about them.

I won’t go into the looming disaster that may be the extinction of the current favourite, the Cavendish, due to its existence as a clone (this means it only takes one disease to take hold, and the whole species can be wiped out).

But I will note the interesting effect of temperature on their ripening.

In very rough numbers, if the temperature falls below about 16°C, this edible fruit (apparently it is a berry) goes dormant, and simply will not ripen.

That matters in Scotland, where the ambient temperature doesn’t spend much time over that, even in summer.

As for autumn, winter, and spring?

I suggest learning to digest raw, unripe, indigestible banana!

I used to buy them, then wonder why they never turned yellow, going from green (or yellowish if they had been in the shop for long enough) to shrivelled and black after I’d had them at home for a week or two – but NEVER turning yellow, and becoming ripe, or edible.

My home just isn’t that warm 😦

I make the best of summer, when we get some days that go above the magic 16°C and stay there long enough.

As for the banana split, seems it really has a proper history, and is attributed to David Evans Stickler. In 1904, he was serving as an apprentice pharmacist at Tassel Pharmacy in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Pharmacies of the day usually had soda fountains, and that how and when he invented the banana split, which quickly became a hit with the students at Saint Vincent College nearby. Its reputation and popularity spread rapidly, becoming an American institution, then going global.

It’s relatively simple too…

Split your banana(s), arrange in a dish,

add ice cream, top with whipped cream, nuts, hot fudge, strawberry syrup (and anything else you can imagine), then sprinkle with cherries.

Vary to suit your preferences.

Banana Splits

Banana Splits

OH!

Sorry.

Just ONE banana split 🙂

 

Banana Split

Banana Split

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25/08/2019 - Posted by | Civilian |

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