This is the legendary and authentic wartime recipe for ‘Mock Banana’.
Before the war the Brits imported 70% of their food which equated to around 20 million tons per year!
Imports dropped significantly to about 1/3rd and consequently many foods such as bananas were impossible to get hold of. Prior to the bar the Brits went crazy for bananas so it was one of the foods that were truly missed.
Somewhere, some strange culinary mind obviously decided that a substitute was needed. This was when the good old parsnip was brought into play…
My lunch today consisted of 4 mock banana sandwiches and actually, despite the rather bizarre experience, they tasted pretty good! (but then again I do love parsnips)
1 medium parsnip per round of sandwiches
2-3 teaspoon of caster sugar per parsnip
2-3 squirts of banana essence per parsnip (you can buy on eBay)
Peel and chop up the parsnip and boil until soft
Drain and mix in the caster sugar and banana essence
Mash until fairly smooth
Spread on your bread and make your sandwiches!