Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

QUERY: Protective banana skins?

One of 10 ‘Bread Tales’ displayed on Morrisons redevelopment site, in Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, London:

‘My nan kept a big plant right outside her front door. We used to place banana skins in the soil every time we visited to warn us away from bad spirits and bring luck!’

Is this use of banana (Musa cv.) simply a family practice, or is it more widespread?  Please send comments to

Photographed 9 October 2022.

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