I have always known that bananas were an important part to most Somali diets. I just never realized exactly how important until I had a guest over for dinner.
I had just put a large helping of pasta onto a plate when I noticed that we ran out of bananas. My guest exclaimed
"Oh my God! God forbid there aren't any bananas!"
This person was dead serious. I on the hand hand couldn't stop laughing. What is it about bananas that the majority of Somalis love to eat it with many of their dishes? I can still remember the day I saw someone eat a banana with pasta. I remember thinking that it was utterly disgusting....until I tried it. Let me tell you, you have never experienced real Somali pasta or rice if it wasn't eaten with a banana.