“Mock bananas,” made from boiled turnips, sugar and banana flavoring, were a popular substitute. Food rationing lasted for 14 years in Britain, from 1940 until 1954.

This summer there was a food shortage at a food bank in Preston, with only a few cans remaining during a ‘summer crisis’.

26. England’s topography is low in elevation but, except in the east, rarely flat. Much of it consists of rolling hillsides, with the highest elevations found in the north, northwest, and southwest.

Food shops were found in towns but most people were peasants who lived in villages where these did not exist. And now English cooks and restaurants rank amongst the best in the world! Of the 7 million tonnes of food waste discarded from homes, nearly half is edible.

5. But since the horrors of the post-war era we have gone a long way to resurrect old, traditional recipes like filling soups, splendid roasts and luscious puddings. Rationing continued even after the war ended: Meat rationing continued for 10 years after D-Day (June 1954) In 1946, when food was just as short as during the preceding years, bread was added to the ration and the sweet ration was halved. This landscape is based on complex underlying structures that form intricate patterns on England’s geologic map.

English food has a bit of a reputation.

In Medieval England you, if a villager, provided for yourself and farming for your own food was a way of life dictated by the work that had to be carried out during the farming year.

Donations dropped 80% whilst demand rose 150%.

When food was being rationed in England during WWII, bananas were one of many things to go. Despite Government food waste reduction targets and schemes such as ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ which have aimed to encourage people to rethink the way they cook and shop, the UK currently wastes over 15m tonnes of food each year. The homeless are at the highest risk of hunger but all those at risk should be helped.

The red food-coloring carmine — used in Skittles and other candies — is made from boiled cochineal bugs, a type of beetle.