The National Library of Australia has this publication dated at 1972, although other sources are less certain of the date. This book, distributed in Australia by the Banana Growers Association, is a collector’s item. It’s best known for the infamous Banana Candle recipe – essentially a banana inserted vertically in a pineapple ring, drizzled with mayonnaise and topped with a slice of cherry (see below).
Another reader writes: “The National Board of Banana Farmers knew exactly what they were doing, showing us that bananas are far more than just a handheld snack. You can have bananas for breakfast, lunch AND dinner… banana sausages anyone? And yes, you can even create awesome, phallic place settings that are completely edible!”
Although it was distributed here by the growers’ Association, the book was originally produced for Fruit Distributors Limited, Banana Importers of Wellington, New Zealand and printed in Capetown, South Africa. Fruit Distributors Limited was a company set up to bulk buy imported fruit, including bananas from the Pacific Islands and oranges from Australia and the USA. Its shareholders were the major fruit merchants of New Zealand.
Sadly, there is no record of the photographer, the food stylist, the home economist or the art director. So we’ll probably never know who to blame for this exceptional piece of food publishing history.