When Chrissy Teigen has a hankering for banana bread, she doesn’t mess around — on Thursday, September 21, Chrissy Teigen crowdsourced for overripe bananas in a desperate time of need. Her craving for the baked good was too real, but she quickly and tragically realized that she didn’t have the ingredients necessary to make a truly sweet loaf.
Lamenting her lack of brown bananas, she tweeted, “If I bring 4 perfect bananas to the thai temple today can I take 4 brown bananas from the mini Buddah house offerings? Making banana bread.”
In response, her devoted following tweeted back hacks for browning your green bananas faster — but she wasn’t interested.
“ok this banana thing is getting ridiculous,” she tweeted . “don't tell me your banana browning hacks. just...if u have 6 BROWN bananas in the LA area lmk.” And the banana hunt began.
Not receiving many helpful replies (though a few innuendos regarding “brown bananas” were thrown back at her), she added a little incentive to her plea.
“If u have 6 BROWN bananas in the LA area, I will send my assistant to your home with a signed cookbook, John’s underwear and a Becca palette.” (Teigen is the author of Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat. She is married to singer/songwriter John Legend and endorses Becca Cosmetics.)
Now things were getting serious.
She started to receive some offers, sent in the form of photos of the gracious givers holding their banana bunches while throwing up a peace sign — Teigen’s specific request. She had no patience for fruit fraud.
Her campaign was gathering momentum. “Ok and @onairjake has 2,” Teigen tweeted along with a photo of somebody holding three browned bananas giving the peace sign. “WE NEED ONE MORE! Or, a single person with 6. This is gonna be a long day.”
And then, someone who possessed a whopping five brown bananas offered their hand.
“SO CLOSE,” Teigen exclaimed, exasperated. “[My assistant] might kill me if she has to drive to multiple homes across LA.”
This assistant, later revealed to be Teigen’s mom, eventually struck a deal with the person behind the five-banana tweet and met her close to her home. Teigen announced that her search had ended, offering banana bread to the close contenders.
To ensure safety, Teigen’s mother requested that the gracious devotee to Teigen’s Twitter taste a small piece of the bananas before handing them over. She did, and the deal was done, underwear and all.
“Who knew being unemployed and skipping a workout class would prove to be so lucrative,” said Meg Zukin, the woman who made the undoubtedly even trade. She obtained the makeup, a signed cookbook, and the singer/songwriter’s underwear for a small bunch of bananas about to go bad.
And Teigen found an effortless method to her grocery shopping. Everybody wins.
It might seem crazy to go through all this for a bunch of brown bananas — but undoubtedly, those overripe fruits are an absolute necessity for making banana bread. Here are 10 more delicious uses for the sweet fruit.