We are going down a slippery slope and we are excited to have you join us!
Today, India is the biggest producer of bananas at around 25% of the total output, and it produces around 31.7 million tonnes of bananas with 15-20 varieties that are commercially grown. This industry is, however, facing a crisis.
So in an effort to unfold the complexities of the industry and talk about banana diversity in India, we embarked on a journey, (#BananaSplit) throughout the month of October.
We crowd-sourced images and videos of local banana varieties in our local mandis through our community of curious eaters, brought together experts in a conversation that spoke about banana policies, markets, and the future of the happy yellow fruit, and just went bananas.
Read ahead and dive into our explorations, from seed to fruit.
As we start off our adventures together (and Not a-kela), here are some articles we thought you should keep your eyes peel-ed open for.
To develop a systemic understanding of the problems faced by the producers and the markets we brought together a panel of banana experts.
This banana split event was a space to deepen our understanding of the complexity of the problem, and distill the information to a few specific points we can tackle.
THE BANANA ZINE
Join us in this deep dive into the banana world. What if you could taste, smell, and experience bananas?
- Some of our major insights from the Banana Split Panel
- Snippets of the banana exploration through the Edible Issues community.
- Hear: A banana playlist
- See: A meditative coloring sheet
- Taste: A banana tasting sheet
and much more!