We tend to think of bananas as a fairly ubiquitous fruit, but it wasn’t until the end of the nineteenth century (and the beginning of the company that would become Chiquita) that our favorite yellow fruit really made any headway unto our shores. Oddly enough, the banana most commonly enjoyed today isn’t the same one that our grandparents would have had.
Today we typically eat Cavendish bananas, which are a Vietnamese variant that was tapped to supplant the ‘Big Mike’ banana that was nearly wiped out by Panama disease in the 50’s.
Seriously, folks. This is the kind of stuff I’m interested in. So why not indulge me and browse through the online home of the Washington Banana Museum for a variety of old timey photos and adverts celebrating and showcasing the then exotic joy of the banana. Curator Ann Mitchell Lovell has over 40,000 artifacts devoted to bananas, ranging from posters to advertisements to gag and promotional bananas.
Okay, now I feel like Marc Summers from Unwrapped.