Friday, December 11, 2015

Banana Dilemma

“Thousands of varieties of bananas are grown throughout the world, but only one makes it to store shelves. It’s a banana known as the Cavendish,” says Simran Sethi. She's author of Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love. The Cavendish is ubiquitous — the yellow, not-too-sweet, popular banana.[…]

It's facing extinction. That’s according to scientists in the Netherlands who have been studying the deadly plant fungus called the Panama disease that’s already destroying banana crops in Taiwan, Indonesia and Malaysia. But experts warn that it’s only a matter of time before this pernicious plant disease reaches Latin America, where the majority of the world’s exported bananas come from.


Wireless.Phil said...

Bread by man, it's not a natural product.
This disease scare for bananas story has been going around for years, just an excuse to jack-up the prices. I'm already paying .60 cents a pound, only buy 4 greenish ones at a time because they ripen so fast.
Bananas don't ripen naturally, the gas them to turn them from green to yellow.
We also get the little red ones in stores, but the price is more than I'm willing to pay.

Watched this on TV yesterday on Angola, been there for work, it stunk, Luanda, Angola is hell on earth at the time, one flight a week back to Paris then.

Anyway, from Euronews on Angola:

07/12 12:49 CET
Focus: Bananas – Angola’s ‘green gold’
Bananas are turning into the ‘green gold’ of Angola. The country is the second biggest oil producer Africa, but revenues have

JR said...

Bananas do ripen naturally if you let them
You don't know what a banana is until you have picked one ripe off a tree in the tropics


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