I am back with the problems of people who grow seasonal produce. And this is on Kerala bananas.
Kerala bananas are unique and I have seen the same ones in some other countries like Ghana. It is used for making banana chips, banana fritters etc. Though available throughout the year, there’s bumper crops during the season.
Like all perishable produce, the excess in the season is a problem. And we see abundance along the highways selling at low prices like 4 kgs for 100 rupees.
We can help the farmers by buying this excess to process them for storage for later use.
Here it’s just a naturalprocess without any additives. I have 6 bananas here, skinned and sliced into 4 slices for each banana.
The slices are then kept in the the sun to dry. A few days of good sunlight will processthe slices into sun dried bananas.
These then can be stored in glass jars for over a year in room temperature. It’s delicious on its own. Fabulous with some grated coconut, honey, sugar or jaggery.
Cut into small pieces, the sun dried bananas can be used as dry fruits for any preparation needing dry fruits.
Banana planters get to sell their produce at a reasonable price when we individuals buy them in larger quantities and preserve for future use.
It’s again a win-win and provides the satisfaction of fulfilling a social responsibility.