For more info on how deeply we honor food, please read our previous post. We are known in our local community for feeding 40,000 free meals a year, so we get a lot of food donations towards that mission.
Because of this, we almost always have an abundance of bananas! Grocery stores regularly throw away bananas that are even slightly past their prime, so we often end up with crates of brown or mushy bananas that were otherwise going to the trash.
Nothing goes to waste in our sustainable community: we freeze choice fruits for banana smoothies (which are so smooth, thick, and creamy that they are essentially vegan milkshakes), almost spoiled bananas are great for vinegar or wine making, and we use super gross ones to make compost.
Banana pancakes are another Eden Knight classic for utilizing our banana abundance! For cooking and baking, older and slightly beat up bananas are actually preferable - the flavor is sweeter and stronger than a perfectly ripe banana, and the texture adds moisture to the recipe.
We'll share the formula for Spicy Caramelized Onion Omelettes in an upcoming post!!