The banana is not only the world’s most popular fruit, it’s the fourth most consumed product on the planet. In the UK alone we eat ten million of them every single day but there’s real fear that the banana we love may be facing extinction.
Chef Paul Merrett will be meeting the man whose life's mission is to rescue the banana. He’ll also be revealing the banana’s unsavoury political influence and finding exactly why this perfectly packaged item is ideal for sportsmen and women.
In the kitchen, Paul will be showing us how versatile the banana is with a creamy banana cheesecake, and a plantain and chicken satay – and we’ll find out why his delicious banana smoothie is the perfect hangover cure.
First broadcast: Saturday 28 Sep 2002 on BBC TWO