4/7/2016 – Bananas


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

Today, we hit the produce stand and pick up some of our favorite curved, yellow fruit: the banana. I mean, it’s one banana! What could it cost, ten dollars?

1. When you think of a banana, I’m sure this is the image you think of. However, this is just one cultivar of the banana family. Give the name of this cultivar, which was derived from a 19th century 6th Duke of Devonshire. On an unrelated note, that man’s last name is shared with another Englishman who discovered “inflammable air”.

Question 1

2. Name the dish seen here, first created at Brennan’s Restaurant in New Orleans in 1951.

Question 2

3. Which animal is found in the name of this cake, containing bananas, pineapple, vanilla, and pecans, and whose recipe was first listed in Southern Living magazine in 1978?

Question 3

4. David Strickler of Tassel Pharmacy in Latrobe, Pennsylvania in 1904 is first credited with creating what American classic? Today, the city of Latrobe celebrates this dish with an annual festival.

5. Called “chatinos” in Cuba, “fritos verde” in the Dominican Republic, and “patacones” in Peru and Panama, give the widespread name of this dish, which is essentially twice-fried plantain slices.

Question 5

Learned League precedent (LL67 Midseason Classic, Q8) – The abacá, also known as Manila hemp (from which comes the Manila envelope), is one commercial species of the Musa genus. Members of the Musagenus—most especially, the very heavily cultivated triploid AAA group of Musa acuminata—are commonly known by what name?

Tomorrow: Whew, we’ve had a lot of food this week. I think a breath mint would do wonders right now.


1. Cavendish
2. Bananas Foster
3. Hummingbird (cake)
4. Banana split [and you should check out that festival here]
5. Tostones
LL. Bananas/plantains, duh

4 thoughts on “4/7/2016 – Bananas

  1. I can’t believe that my parents live in Westmoreland County, and this is the first I hear of the G2016 Great American Banana Split Celebration in Latrobe. Thank you for the FYI!


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