I look to the humble banana as a “love it or hate it” food. As a general rule I will only eat Bananas if they are under ripe and slightly green, once past this point the only use I normally find for them is ripening green chilli pods! But here I have a jar of Curried Banana Chutney from Fire Foods
I remember having cooked banana at scout camp with chocolate, this really put me off them. Bananas as a plant have many uses, the tree itself also has uses. The leaves are used as wrappers to steam foods in Latin, Caribbean, and Asian cultures. The banana flower is also edible, but if you eat the flower, you obviously won’t get any fruit. The banana is a distant cousin to ginger, turmeric, and cardamom, and is botanically classified as a berry.
So on to the chutney, something I am a big fan of, but I have never had one with banana. The Chutney in the jar is a nice brown colour and it is difficult to pick out one particular ingredient, apples being the first ingredient on the list which is quite common with chutneys.
Apples, Sugar, Onion, Sultanas, Bananas, Cider Vinegar, Curry Powder, Chilli, Ginger, Garlic, Mustard Seeds, Cinnamon
Once the lid is removed, I can see the chutney within and can see lumps of apple or banana, difficult to tell really, but the main thing to pay attention to at this time is the lovely aroma coming out of the jar, a real reminder of chutneys my mother used to make when I was younger. The curry ingredients come through strongly and Im sure I can detect all spice but it is not on the ingredients list so my nose must be playing tricks on me!
As I delve in with spoon in hand I can move the contents around and find whole sultanas and small chunks of onion. I carefully select a bit of everything, the chutney is very firm, no liquid present. I am immediately tasting curry flavours with the fruitiness and a crunch of softened onions. I have to take a second spoonful just to make sure and it is as glorious as the first. Yes I am once again eating cooked banana, my mother would be proud!
There is the obligatory chilli warmth and finishes off the flavours nicely.
This chutney will be great at Christmas (if there is any left by then) and i am looking forward to pairing it with a nice mature cheddar, or with leftover turkey. The cinnamon included reminds me of those Christmas winter goodies.
Available direct from Fire Foods for £4.00 for a 210g jar