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Bananas

We all love bananas, that's why they are the most eaten fruit in the world. Thanks to companies like Fyffes bananas have become such a part of every day life, that we now take having them for granted. However, if you discover the incredible journey they go on from tiny seedlings, thousands of mile away to sitting in your fruit bowl at home, you’ll appreciate them in a whole new light. Lets explore how this fruit gets to us.

We all love bananas, that's why they are the most eaten fruit in the world. Thanks to companies like Fyffes bananas have become such a part of every day life, that we now take having them for granted. However, if you discover the incredible journey they go on from tiny seedlings, thousands of mile away to sitting in your fruit bowl at home, you’ll appreciate them in a whole new light.

Lets explore how this fruit gets to us.

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In the beginning

The home of the banana is probably South East Asia - bananas are mentioned in 6th Century BC Buddhist scriptures. The fruit was gradually spread by traders and travellers, but it wasn’t

The home of the banana is probably South East Asia - bananas are mentioned in 6th Century BC Buddhist scriptures. The fruit was gradually spread by traders and travellers, but it wasn’t

The home of the banana is probably South East Asia - bananas are mentioned in 6th Century BC Buddhist scriptures. The fruit was gradually spread by traders and travellers, but it wasn’t

The home of the banana is probably South East Asia - bananas are mentioned in 6th Century BC Buddhist scriptures. The fruit was gradually spread by traders and travellers, but it wasn’t

The home of the banana is probably South East Asia - bananas are mentioned in 6th Century BC Buddhist scriptures. The fruit was gradually spread by traders and travellers, but it wasn’t

The home of the banana is probably South East Asia - bananas are mentioned in 6th Century BC Buddhist scriptures. The fruit was gradually spread by traders and travellers, but it wasn’t

The home of the banana is probably South East Asia - bananas are mentioned in 6th Century BC Buddhist scriptures. The fruit was gradually spread by traders and travellers, but it wasn’t

The home of the banana is probably South East Asia - bananas are mentioned in 6th Century BC Buddhist scriptures. The fruit was gradually spread by traders and travellers, but it wasn’t

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Bananas grow on trees right?

No, they don’t. The stem of the banana plant is actually made up of leaves wrapped around one another – there is no wood at all! In fact, the banana plant is a very large perennial herb in the same family as lillies, orchids and palms.

Its Latin name is Musa Sapientum (“fruit of the wise men”) and there are more than 500 varieties. The variety we see most often in Europe is Musa Cavendishii – a medium sized banana with a lovely soft texture and sweet taste.

Our banana varieties

A banana is yellow. Or green. Or red. Or black...

There are over 500 varieties of these curved energy boosters. And then there’s the vegetable cousin of the banana – the plantain. True to our commitment to sustainability, much of our fruit is produced to Organic standards and proudly displays the Organic Bio label...

Dessert Bananas

Reds

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Cavendish

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Baby bananas

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Manzanos

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Vegetable Bananas

Plantain

The home of the banana is probably South East Asia - bananas are mentioned in 6th Century BC Buddhist scriptures. The fruit was gradually spread by traders and travellers, but it wasn’t

The home of the banana is probably South East Asia - bananas are mentioned in 6th Century BC Buddhist scriptures. The fruit was gradually spread by traders and travellers, but it wasn’t

The home of the banana is probably South East Asia - bananas are mentioned in 6th Century BC Buddhist scriptures. The fruit was gradually spread by traders and travellers, but it wasn’t

The home of the banana is probably South East Asia - bananas are mentioned in 6th Century BC Buddhist scriptures. The fruit was gradually spread by traders and travellers, but it wasn’t

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Journey

As demand for bananas in Europe has increased, the number of countries that grow bananas for trade has risen and traditional sources in the Caribbean have been joined by countries in Central America. Today, Fyffes works with growers in a number of countries including the Windward

Tips and Tricks

As the bananas ripen, the starches within them are naturally converted into sugars – the yellower the banana, the sweeter the fruit. The brown speckles on the skin of a very ripe banana are only marks made by the sugars as they seep outwards through the skin

At the store

  • handle the bananas by the crown to avoid marking or bruising them
  • don’t be put o by a few light marks on the skin – the banana skin is nature’s protective shield, the fruit inside should be
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At home

  • lift the bananas by the crown and be gentle with them if placing them on a hard surface
  • remove them from any packaging (unless they are "ripen-at-home"
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Did you know?

  • the banana is curved because it grows upwards toward the sun
  • the word banana comes from the Arabic word "banan" which means finger
  • the banana plant is the world's largest plant without a wooden "trunk"
  • bananas taste best when harvested green and allowed to ripen off the plant
  • bananas are grown all year round and are harvested every day of the year
  • the banana flower is holy for some Indian people and it is often worn during religious ceremonies as a lucky charm on the head