Bananas and more bananas - a staple of Uganda life.
To the untrained eye, there is the Yellow dessert banana, the big ones, and the small ones. There is also matooke, which most people commonly mistake for plantain. In truth, there is more than a hundred different species of banana in Uganda, a dozen of, which are endemic, therefore, unique to this particular region. The Banyankole people of Uganda believe that the ownership of a banana plantation is a symbol of a man’s passage to manhood and thus his capacity to marry. Social prestige is derived from the ‘proper’ state which he keeps his plantation it must be ’smart’. A thick wad of steamed matooke on a dinner plate
Signifies that the meal is worthy of being called ‘food’.