Turon (food)

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Alternative namesTurrón de banana, turrón de plátano, lumpiang saging
Place of originPhilippines
Main ingredientsBananas, brown sugar

Turon (Tagalog pronunciation: [tuˈɾɔn]; also known as lumpiang saging (Filipino for "banana lumpia"), is a Philippine snack made of thinly sliced bananas (preferably saba or Cardaba bananas), dusted with brown sugar, rolled in a spring roll wrapper and fried till the wrapper is crisp.[1] Turon can also include other fillings. Most commonly jackfruit (langka), but there are also recipes with sweet potato (kamote), mango (mangga), cheddar cheese and coconut (niyog).

The word turon, though etymologically Spanish in origin, is in no relation to the Spanish candy turrón (an almond nougat confection).[2] While turon is both crunchy and chewy, it is most commonly consumed during merienda meaning snack time or for dessert.[3]

Turon is a popular snack and street food amongst Filipinos.[4] These are usually sold along streets with banana cue,[5] camote cue, and maruya. In Manila, the capital of the Philippines,[6] turon is one of the most famous street foods. Its accessibility makes for an easy on-the-go snack.

It's been said that turon began in communities in the Philippines that were located near banana trees and crop fields. The extras would be given to locals when there was a surplus from the harvest, and eventually sold on the roadside.[7]

In Malabon, the term "turrón" or "turon" instead refers to a fried, lumpia-wrapper-enveloped dessert filled with sweet mung bean; while the term valencia is used for the banana-filled variety. Malabon banana turon are generally sold as valencia trianggulo, which are uniquely triangle-shaped.[8][9]

It is believed the creation of turon was linked to the presence of Chinese culture in the Philippines prior to being colonized by Spain beginning in 1521.[10] Traditional Filipino dishes like pancit were created using Chinese cooking techniques. [11] In actuality, there have been many inspirations within Filipino culture from Chinese culture and Spanish culture. In relation to Chinese cuisine of which includes spring rolls and egg rolls, Filipino cuisine includes lumpia (a savory meat and veggie filled roll) and turon.[12]

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  1. ^ "How to Make Turon (Filipino fried banana rolls)". Serious Eats. Retrieved 2021-11-21.
  2. ^ "Filipino Snack: Turon". ABOUT FILIPINO FOOD. 2019-04-25. Retrieved 2021-11-21.
  3. ^ "Turon, cues - Manila, the Philippines - Local Food Guide". eatyourworld.com. Retrieved 2021-11-21.
  4. ^ Home Cooking Rocks website accessed on 16 November 2010
  5. ^ Turon recipe
  6. ^ "Manila", Wikipedia, 2021-11-18, retrieved 2021-11-21
  7. ^ Ho, Julee. "History of Fried Bananas (Turon)". Julee Ho Media. Retrieved 2021-11-21.
  8. ^ "Recipe #43: BANANA TURON (Valencia)". Luto Ni Lola. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  9. ^ Aspiras, Reggie. "Valencia 'triangulo,' sacred cookies and 'leche flan' cheesecake–more reasons to celebrate the season". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  10. ^ "120 years after Philippine independence from Spain, Hispanic influence remains". NBC News. Retrieved 2021-11-21.
  11. ^ "Who created Turon? – MVOrganizing". www.mvorganizing.org. Retrieved 2021-11-21.
  12. ^ "The lasting influence of Chinese culture on Filipino cuisine". Chibundle. Retrieved 2021-11-21.