Green Fig (Banana) Pie

On our way to Lopinot my mother, wife and I were “ole talking” as usual as I drove around curve after curve on the narrow winding road, when my mother asked my wife if she ever made green fig pie; it was the first time she heard of it. I, of course, was already salivating by the very thought of it, because we always had fig (banana) trees around the house and my mother made green fig pie often for us. This was just one of the many different ways she used green fig and whatever we had grown around the house.


The thing with this type of pie is that the green fig could be substituted with any other ground provision like yam, eddoes or dasheen the list goes on… It’s nice to see that we are always coming up with new ways to use our very own ground provision; just recently I found another use for green fig, and I’m sure there are still other uses I haven’t stumbled on as yet.


Green Fig Pie with Salad

Anyhow, I took the recipe and added my own style to it (I have a meat mouth, Ha Ha !). But you can prepare this meal without the meat. This delicious meal can be enjoyed by everyone, especially those who love anything baked with cheese like my son. The meal will take a little time to prepare and some cleaning up is required, but it is certainly worth it. Like me, you may want it often…. I think I’ll have some tomorrow… Again!




For filling:

½ lb.minced meat

2 clovesgarlic

1small onion, chopped

2 tsp. green seasoning

1 tsp. chive, finely chopped

1 tsp.shadow beni

1 tsp.tomato paste

2 tsp.chopped parsley

1 pinchsalt



For pie:

1 handgreen fig

4 smallpotatoes or 2 large ones

1½ cup cheese, grated

1 seasoning

1 tspgrated onion

1 clovegrated garlic

1 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. chopped parsley

1 tsp.chive, finely chopped

¼ cup milk

2 tbsp butter


Season and cook the mince meat with onion, garlic, and green seasoning. Add a little bit of water, tomato paste and the herbs. Allow to cook until most of the water has evaporated and the meat is cooked.




A ‘hand’ of green fig (banana)

Boil green fig and potatoes separately, do not overcook.

Peel and grate the fig and potatoes.

Mix in the butter and about 1 cup of grated cheese.
Add the seasoning, herbs, and milk and mix well.

In a greased dish, pour in half the fig mixture and add the minced meat.

Top with a sprinkle of cheese.

Pour the rest of the fig mixture. Sprinkle the rest of cheese on the top.


Green Fig (Banana) Pie, green fig pieBake in a hot oven (300°F) for about 45 minutes or until golden.

That’s it for another post. Until next time.

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6 Responses to Green Fig (Banana) Pie

  1. Ben August 14, 2008 at 6:31 pm #

    That’s a very interesting pie. I was thinking it was the kind of figs we have up here. But still, very nice recipe. :)

  2. August 14, 2008 at 10:12 pm #

    Well Ben, welcome to Trinidad and Tobago. Down here we call green bananas – fig. Check out my trini dictionary to get an idea how we speak, I’m sure you will enjoy it!

  3. Chennette August 17, 2008 at 4:26 am #

    I looooove green fig pie. Even though I don’t like green figs any other way really! But you make it the wonderfully cheesy way that’s great (although I am not such a meat mouth though!)

  4. Ivy August 31, 2008 at 4:30 pm #

    This is very interesting. I also though that you meant the figs we get here but would any kind of unripe banana do? I would like to try this. Is there any taste of banana in this dish?

  5. September 1, 2008 at 2:41 am #

    Any kind of green banana would do. Green bananas don’t have an overpowering taste; it is rather mild and when mixed up with the other ingredients it doesn’t taste as much but you will know it is there. If you enjoy this recipe you may also like my green fig punch

  6. wafaa March 13, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

    i really enjoy all you recipes…i never learned to cook when i was younger and now my kids demand good homestyle trini food

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