Re: Potato Latkes...are you Litvak or Galitizianer? #galicia #lithuania


Jules Levin
 

"and we had applesauce and sometimes sour cream but sour cream on
bananas always. I still like bananas, but now with yogurt."

I just noticed in reviewing all the latke recipes discussion that many
people added "sour cream with bananas" to the discussion.  My great
grandmother reached Chicago in 1891 at the age of 15, from St.
Petersburg, with her family of 7.  They traveled "Cabin class", because
they were rich.  Very rich--my great grandmother spoke accentless
English, thanks to personal tutoring in Tsarskoe Selo, where she
attended a girls' finishing school.  To the point:  she complained about
Chicago because you couldn't buy bananas in the winter!!!  I also spent
4 months in Vilnius in 1981, and a young woman whose mother was a party
member with connections told my then wife that she had NEVER eaten a
banana! So to all the contributors here whose families ate bananas with
sour cream--I assure you they did not eat or even see bananas in the
shtetl in Lithuania or in Galitsia or anywhere else in Russia, unless
they were wealthy in St. Petersburg, where the wealth of the world
reached the great capital.   Consumption of bananas as a regular
consumer product began in the USA after the invention of the
refrigerated railway car in the 1890's, and I am sure it quickly became
popular with new immigrants, except not in winter.

Jules Levin




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