Great tasting and healthy, bananas are one of the world's favourite fruits. But do you know how they get from farms thousands of kilometers away to arrive - perfectly ripe - in your local supermarket? Join us on a voyage of discovery
Did you know
Monkeys peel their bananas from the other end!
Did you know
You can polish your shoes with the inside of a banana skin (might smell a bit though ...)
Great tasting and healthy, most of us love bananas. So, does it matter how we get them? Of course it does! Just take a few moments to explore their incredible journey from farm to store and let’s see if we can surprise you.
The Banana Journey
Every choice we make in getting our bananas from the farm to you has potential consequences – for the communities who grow them, for the quality of the fruit and ultimately for the wider environment. We know you get that. It’s why we think everyone should care about where their bananas have come from.
You probably know that bananas are grown in sunny, tropical areas and most of ours come from Central and South America where they have been growing fabulous bananas for decades. The banana story – from growing the best bananas in a sustainable way, then harvesting, shipping and ripening them to meet the specific needs of the people who eat them and the retailers who sell them – is pretty amazing. So, strap yourself in and here goes…
Our banana varieties
What colour is yours - yellow, green, red or ……. black?
Be honest. We bet some of you probably thought that all bananas were pretty much the same? Oh no they’re not! There are more than 500 (some say 800) different varieties of banana – in all sorts of shapes, sizes and even colours! At Fyffes we’re really into bananas, but even we think that’s amazing. Just imagine all the new tastes, flavours and textures that hundreds of different varieties offer? It’s simply mouth-wateringly incredible.
Here at Fyffes we’d love you to discover more of these great new taste experiences for yourselves. But, you need to be patient. Sadly we don’t have a ‘banana factory’ that makes them to order, we have to grow them. It can take years to build up a consistent supply that meets our standards. We need to work with our partner famers to make the changes on their farms and we wouldn’t do this lightly – its people’s livelihoods. But, our dream is to have as many banana varieties in your local stores as there are apples…..
Bananas can be broadly divided into 2 groups, the 'fruit' (or sweet) banana and the ‘vegetable’ banana.
Did you know?
Bananas grow on trees, right?
In fact, the banana plant or Musa Sapientum ("fruit of the wise men") is the largest plant in the world without a wooden trunk! It is a perennial herb in the same family as lillies, orchids and palms and the stem is actually made up of leaves wrapped around one another. There are more than 500 varieties, some growing to more than 9 meters high.
- The variety we see most often in Europe is the Cavendish
- The banana is curved because it bends itself around the banana above it as it grows upwards towards the sun.
- The word banana comes from the Arabic word "Banan" which means finger
- 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 on the head as a lucky charm during religious ceremonies.