The BBC is running an upbeat story about ensets, a relative of the banana grown in Ethiopia. The stems and roots of the plant are used to make a bread or a coarse porridge. The conical fruits are discarded since they are inedible.
The interest in this obscure crop is that it might grow successfully across a far wider range than it currently occupies. Whether it takes the continent of Africa by storm remains to be seen, but the idea of growing a new crop to feed local populations makes a welcome change.