Today Hana takes us on a fruity little trip round the Banana Museum…
Bananas are nothing if not complex, as I have learned since arriving in Martinique. This is a country that has built its economy around sugar cane and bananas, so it makes sense that they would have an intricate understanding of the fruit. If you want to learn more about this fruit, the place to visit is the banana museum in Sainte Marie, a town in the northeast of Martinique. Like most places in Martinique, finding the Musée de la Banane is no easy feat. Even if you do try to find directions through Google Maps (always a tricky and unreliable venture in Martinique) you will probably not find this museum unless you ask a local for directions. The museum is not in the “bourg” or the city of Sainte Marie, but in a small quartier in the country.
However, the museum itself is worth the trouble you take to find it. Access to the one room museum and the grounds is 6 euros for an adult, but the one room is packed with information. The exhibit is in French, a typo-ridden but mostly understandable form of English (understandable parly because of the penciled in corrections that some visitor made), and Creole. It includes videos and graphics and, of course, sample bananas. I wish that they had given us figue pommes, which are smaller but more flavorful in my opinion, but the dessert bananas were perfectly adequate.
Location: Habitation Limbe, Quartier Fourniol, 97230 Sainte Marie, Martinique
Entry Fee: Please contact the museum to discuss
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