The Original 1950 Chiquita Banana’s Recipe Book is a recipe booklet about   eating and storing bananas written for thrifty housewives to show creative uses for ordinary bananas.

This book sparked my interest because our family watches idly while bunch after bunch of bananas turns brown and then black and makes its trip curbside with the rest of the trash..

The title Chiquita Banana’s Recipe Book is appropriate for the book because the book was a part of the effort of Chiquita Brand Bananas to cultivate a strong relationship with consumers.

This book includes innovative recipes containing bananas, such as Ham Banana Rolls, Baked Bananas in the Peel, Banana Fritters, Banana Chocolate Cream Pie, Banana Oatmeal Cookies, and Banana Split.

The book, published by United Fruit Company in 1947,  introduced the later iconic “Miss Chiquita” character and contained the following recipe for Banana Nut Bread…

Banana Nut Bread

  • 1/2C butter, softened 
  • 3/4C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed with fork and then whipped with beater until smooth
  • 2C flour
  • 1tsp baking soda 
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2C chopped walnuts 
  • 1/2C semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Prep large loaf pan.Cream butter and sugar until smooth. Add beaten eggs, bananas. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to wet ingredients. Fold in nuts and chocolate chips. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 45min.

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