In light of the recent news regarding the impending extinction of bananas, it seems timely to touch upon the strategies that have been put into place in the past to deal with the cycles of its shortage. In the UK, the rationing of bananas during WWII made an unlikely hero out of parsnips. Prized for their inherent sweetness and versatility, there were often used in place of bananas in baked good and in some cases, mixed with essence of bananas to further strengthen the illusion of eating that fruit. While it’s too soon to say whether this current bananas scare will necessitate such slight of hand, we can still learn a few things from this surprising bit of parsnip history.
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