Bananas are one of the most widely consumed fruits in the world and are the go-to fruit for most people. And with all their nutritious properties from potassium, to vitamin B6, and fiber, it’s no wonder why they’re so popular. It wasn’t so long ago, though, that the banana was essentially anonymous, only available after a major overhaul and marketing campaign that changed the world of fruit forever. In this class, let’s get educated. You’ll learn where in the world bananas are commercially grown, the impact we’re making on those lands, and how the fair-trade & organic movement operates as it pertains to banana distribution and why it’s more beneficial to our bodies and planet. In class, we’ll cook up some dishes using in-house recipes that highlight various banana varietals in innovative ways. You’ll come away with a new appreciation and understanding of a fruit that deserves a closer look as well as learn to use them in our cooking using styles both savory and sweet!
Recipes:Plantain Chips with Cilantro Dip; Jalapeno-Banana Fritters; Banana Nut Cookies; Caramelized Baby Banana Walnut Buckwheat Crepes; Red Banana Cinnamon Soufflés
Class Type: Educational, hands-on cooking class
Class Notes: Learn about different types of bananas and how to use them creatively in sweet & savory dishes
Managing Director of Ger-Nis International, Nissa Pierson, absolutely believes in understanding where our food comes from and buying goods that support small growers promoting organic and fair-trade practices. Bananas are one of the most important crops for fair-trade and Nissa is an advocate of spreading this message. Having spent time as a child in Central America, she began to understand how international produce distribution affected growers in the region which led to further research into the matter, eventually leading to the beginnings of Ger-Nis. In addition to running Ger-Nis, Nissa is a long time culinary instructor specializing in fresh herbs. She enjoys spice, good conversation, kickboxing, surfing, and submersing herself in the food and culture of the world. Contact Nissa