Banana bread over the years
If there is one thing that perfectly reflects the phrase ‘waste not, want not’, it would have to be banana bread. Banana Bread is an ingenious creation of thrifty housewives during the Great Depression to make use of the fruit that had gone ‘bad’. Hardly bad at all－what a delicious solution. Over the years, the Banana Bread trend has remained strong and now a worldwide treat in all households.
Here, at Chiquita, we love to think that Banana Bread promotes togetherness and diversity.
Apart from the fact that Banana Bread is the ultimate comfort food, it is also so variable! It is amazing how one simple recipe can be adapted to everyone’s taste and can pair so well with hundreds of other ingredients.
Let’s take a look into the history of banana bread. The changes in Banana Bread recipes reveal the trends and circumstances throughout the times.
It all began in the 1930s, with a dryer and smaller loaf, yet a strong banana taste. These banana bread recipes reflected the economic burden the families carried at the time. They were made with lots of wheat bran which was a more economical solution.
In the 1940s, during World War II the emerging recipes, well, let’s say that they were more stomach fillers than taste-bud-pleasers. The banana was the main star of the recipes and they often didn’t contain spices and were made with sour milk to cut costs.
The 1950s was the decade of the banana bread boom and the baby boomers! Chiquita published “Chiquita Banana’s Recipe Book”, which contributed largely to its popularity. This recipe is a quick and easy crowd-pleaser, ideal for any busy household.
From the 1960 to 1970s banana bread recipes started to become more experimental, again reflecting the era. People started adding ingredients to jazz up the traditional recipes. Some of the favorite variances to the Banana Bread was vanilla extract, orange peel, nutmeg, coffee, almond or a sprinkling of sesame seeds.
In the 1980s and 1990s, the Banana Bread recipes contained more butter or shortening to make the loaf moister. The use of other varying ingredients carried on. Often people used chopped pecans or walnuts. Taste buds are becoming more sophisticated.
In the 2000s and 2010s, the new health awareness trend has again influenced the Banana Bread recipes. Luckily enough, Banana Bread is ready for anything and is still as delectable as ever! Many recipes offer alternatives to the use of butter or shortening to meet dietary needs. Try this Vegan Peanut and Chiquita Banana Bread or Italian Style Banana Bread.
There are millions of banana bread recipes and variations around the world. We’d love to hear your tricks to making the most delicious Banana Bread.
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