Shapes We Like: Banana Bowls and Handfuls of Plate

We were looking at antique banana bowls on eBay today and noticed a shape correlation between these and a new design classic.

The Handful of Plates design is a really smart idea (although a little out of our budget right now). The curved plates let your picnic guests cradle their food more easily and securely. We're just waiting for a cheaper mass-market version to come along!

But we wonder if these plates were inspired by an older classic design - an original unitasker, perhaps? Banana bowls are often found in milk glass or pressed glass. They are not very common, however, and we're tickled by the idea of a bowl made just for bananas. We wonder if they date back to the earlier part of last century when bananas were still a luxury fruit. Or perhaps they came into popularity when bananas became a big trend (the Chiquita Banana song, anyone?).

Do you own a banana bowl or these picnic plates?

Handful of Plates $110 for a set of 3 at Greener Grass Design.

Vintage Milk Glass Banana Bowl on eBay. Currently priced at $0.99, and the auction ends in a few hours. $5 shipping.

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.