(My spur of the moment Still Life With Lettuce Leaves and Plastic Wrap. The lettuce, in this case, is organic from the local farmer's market (going brown after 5 days) the plastic wrap is from Costco. And see that slice of processed cheese? Individually wrapped it is, Also from Costco. I don't normally buy it but my hubby had a hankering for an Old Fashioned 60's style grilled cheese sandwich. I don't like ingesting plastic, but I couldn't find a processed cheese product that wasn't individually wrapped. )
Oh Joy! My husband just pointed out a story on the CBC that makes me MAD, SAD, thrilled and amused all at the same time.
A store in Austria is selling pre-peeled bananas!
People are outraged. Such a waste. So decadent. Terrible for the environment. So many people are upset the company was forced to de-activate its Facebook Page! (They are environmentally conscious in Europe.)
(Did this happen when they came out with pre-packaged lettuce, I wonder? I remember people thought that was a ridiculous product, but now they all buy it.)
Now, it's very true, bananas are FUNNIER than lettuce. They are a funny funny fruit. For Heaven's Sake, they are at the very core (to mix metaphors) of slapstick humour.
Ahem, they look funny in a phallic way.....Monkeys like them. And I guess that's the point: Even a monkey can peel one, EASILY. Probably even while playing with himself.
Ergo, the humorous side of this Outrageous Decadent Banana Story.
There's a not so humorous subtext, too. A profound irony, I guess it could be called.
As it happens, my son, who has a Physics degree, was in Australia (not Austria) on a one year work permit and the only work he could get was hard labour on farms. Native Australians don't want these jobs. As it happens he worked on a banana farm in the jungle in 100 degree heat carrying bunches of bananas from the tree to the truck all day long. He says the bunches weighed more than he did.
Indeed, there are so many layers to this banana story, it's almost an onion story.
I've been touring the Tate Modern on YouTube for fun and edification. If an artist took a bunch of bananas, peeled them and covered them in wrap and placed them on a counter and displayed the fruit in a room at the local Museum of Modern Art, patrons of the place would studiously stand around said 'artwork' with puzzled expressions, pondering what the artist meant, exactly.
(Snipped from CBC Story: CBC Story
"He clearly meant that modern society is decadent and phallus-phobic."
"She meant the bananas are about to go brown and that our society is in decay save for the thinnest veneer of civilization.."
"The artist was hungry. Never plan a work of art on an empty stomach."
(A Tate Exhibit. I see this interesting work as a comment on the modern textile industry. So if we put Venus in front of a display of pre-peeled bananas it would be a comment on the modern food industry - and a comment on modern masculinity to boot.)
I have a special feeling for this story. As previous posts here reveal, I am simply LIVID about the fact that modern grocery stores charge 5 cents for plastic bags, when all they sell is over-packaged over-processed over priced crap to us, because that's where the money lies.
You can buy all kinds of vegetables in my local grocery story, pre-cut, pre-washed wrapped in a tonne of plastic and styrofoam and all for about 10 times what the original item costs.
Why pick on bananas? (To make a better pun.)
I personally don't think they'll take off. From the CBC graphic, these time-saving bananas are not aPEELing to look at. (But then neither is butchered mammal or fowl, but people don't seem to mind that.)
This Flo in the City blog is about my research into the 1910 era for a book. I have Ladies' Home Journals from the 1900 period that show the first time-saving consumer food products. BEANS is one.. It takes a long time to make baked beans, so Mr. Heinz figured out that housewives (however proud of their culinary skills) wouldn't mind being freed from this hard labour. He also got into the Fruit Preserve business:
Jello,too. It was advertised back then as the easy dessert for new brides and hapless help. (They were big on aspics in those days.)
I'm hoping maybe we have reached a tipping point with these pre-peeled bananas and we'll think about the hypocrisy inherent in paying a 5 cent penalty for a plastic bag which you are going to fill with individually wrapped cheese slices and individually wrapped pita bread slices, individually wrapped bandaids and 10 peas on a styrofoam plate and 8 oz quiches in an aluminum pan, wrapped in thick plastic and boxed in cardboard, etc. etc. Or maybe this banana scandal is just the logical (and ridiculous) culmination of 100 years of laziness and deskilling in the kitchen.