banana bread day

Celebrating National Banana Bread Day

Dan This Land of Ours

banana bread dayCathy Isom has a bit of history, and different variations, about a well-known food holiday that may have you going bananas. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.

Every year on February 23rd you can probably smell it in the air. The sweet smells of banana bread wafting through kitchens and bakeries everywhere. That’s because today is National Banana Bread Day.

A moist, sweet, cake-like quick bread, banana bread is made with fully ripe, mashed bananas.  There are some recipes where banana bread is made with yeast when it is then usually sliced, toasted and spread with butter.

It was with the popularization of baking soda and baking powder in the 1930s that banana bread first became a standard feature of American cookbooks. Banana bread later gained further acceptance with the release of the original Chiquita Banana’s Recipe Book in 1950.

There are many different variations of the traditional banana bread, a few of which include Banana raisin bread, Banana nut bread, and Chocolate chip banana bread. No matter how you bake it or slice it, share with your loved ones on social media using the hashtag #NationalBananaBread.

I’m Cathy Isom…