Fairtrade Fortnight is imminent: Monday 24 February and Sunday 9 March 2014 and this year there is special emphasis on the banana, Britain’s Favourite Fruit: we eat over 5 billion a year. But the cost of bananas have been dropping steadily and this has a significant effect on the welfare of the banana growers.
“Fairtrade provides a vital safety net for banana farmers and workers, by paying a minimum price that aims to cover the costs of sustainable production, and an additional premium that farmers can use to invest in community projects or to improve their businesses. This empowers producers to take control of their lives and provide their families with the basics such as education and healthcare. ” So you need to #stickwithfoncho during Fairtrade Fortnight and in the long term, to ensure that all of the UK’s bananas earn the growers a fair wage.
Whilst you are thinking about that, you can whip up some tasty and filling treats: Fairtrade Banana Date Flapjacks.
- 120g butter
- 70g soft brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons golden syrup or honey
- 250g porridge oats
- 150g chopped dates
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed.
- Melt butter, sugar and syrup/honey in a pan over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved.
- In a bowl, mix oats and dates.
- Pour over melted mixture and stir well.
- Stir through banana.
- Turn into a lined greased tin- mine is 20cm square- and bake on grill shelf on the floor of the top Aga oven with the Cold Shelf two rungs above.
- Check after ten minutes, but this should take about 15 minutes to cook.
- Conventional fan ovens can bake at 160C for approx 25 minutes until the edges are crispy.
- Leave in pan to cool, then turn out, slice and devour.
- Makes about 20-25 pieces, depending how large you cut them and what shaped tin you use!
Only three supermarkets currently stock 100% Fairtrade bananas:
For more information about Fairtrade Fortnight and #stickwithfoncho, check out the Fairtrade Home Page.
Fancy another banana recipe? Why not try:
Banana Chocolate Crepes