A Banana Moment

On this day in 1633 the first bananas were imported into England. How they survived the long sea voyage from the Bahamas and were still in a fit state to be eaten beats me, but I do not doubt that they were enjoyed. How we managed to survive World War II without bananas is also a mystery to me, but we did — just.

Why this talk of bananas when you were probably expecting a line or two about the Resurrection? There are some truths so profound one must either write at length or very briefly about them. I tore up my Easter Day post as being too long to read yet not long enough to convey what I wanted it to convey. Then I went and ate a banana and realised that there are banana moments just as there are marmite toast moments.

Marmite toast is comfort food; a banana is as near to paradise as we are ever likely to get in this life. The golden skin of those we eat in Britain, the fragrance, the warm and slightly yeasty taste are a foretaste of the ambrosia we expect at the heavenly banquet. If we are to taste and see that the Lord is good, I think bananas must come high up on the list for doing so — much better than a chocolate Easter egg. So, if you have not yet celebrated Easter in the kitchen, eat a banana, and think how healthy your alternative choice is!

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13 thoughts on “A Banana Moment”

  1. I do like Banana’s, but they don’t like me for some reason 🙁

    I do love Marmite Toast as well, so, sans Banana’s, Marmite will have to do in lieu.

    Saw a post on BBC Breakfast yesterday of the Factory that makes Marmite in the UK, with another in South Africa. 4 million a month.

    So, those who can’t stand Marmite must be in the minority. Our Cats love it as well. But the ones who don’t, have an expression to die for.

  2. Bananas = yum, yum, yum!

    Jim – your post is a reminder of how innocent objects (or even actions/words) can bring back bad memories for some people. I cannot begin to imagine the horrors of war zones. Even today we read in the news about our military personnel struggling in civvy street with “normal” everyday sounds as they remind them of sounds from the warzone.

  3. Thank you for this light hearted and lateral approach to Easter. I’m sure I’m not the only reader of this blog who has deleted a comment with the feelings of inadequacy you describe.
    Bananas, yes. My vision of luxury has been to be well off enough to have a banana every day.
    Hens love them too. The first lay from my new bantams was my perfect Easter Egg.

  4. Yes, a very good point. The image of consumption and assimilation is so apt and true. And it is, as you say, a yeasty fruit which echoes of leaven and rising.

    On a different note, I have known an Anglican diocese where banana wine was blessed and used for Communion, though I forget the rationale behind it, it seemed so unorthodox. Perhaps the cost of the vine. Well, that in itself should tell us something.

    This seems poor practice (though who am I to cavil?) Christ did not say ‘I am the true palm’. We may take the meaning at a deeper level and trust to the fact that the banana wine had been blessed, but the growing habits of the vine demonstrate something profound that we are weaker for losing track of. And not least is the fact that healthy vines are blood-fed.

  5. Bananas … which are, as Dr Who says, “an excellent source of potassium”.

    My wife makes banana jam. On a slice of her home-made challa, with natural peanut butter (crunchy, of course), it makes a PB&J that is pure ambrosia.

  6. Well.. During rationing there was always the Ministry of Food’s mock banana revipe … Mashed cooked parsnip with banana flavor extract mixed in.. Could that be any worse than Marmite?

  7. Thank you for all your comments. In some, painful memories have been evoked; in others, the lateral approach to Easter has stimulated some fascinating reflections; in others still, the pro- and anti- Marmite debate has been refuelled. But the ultimate response must be here, http://bit.ly/In7Adj, ‘a picture of Jesus’ found today on a Twitterati’s banana (with thanks to @markglover for alerting me).

  8. The Pro/Anti Marmite debate is only overshadowed by the Marmite/Vegemite debate!
    I, for myself will stick with bananas, thank you!

  9. Thank you, sister. I just wanted to say that I somehow “caught” your thankfulness and appreciation of this little corner of God’s creation and it made my heart smile and give thanks to God. It was a bit of thankfulness that was contagious, thanks be to God.

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