Bananas are imported to NZ from the Philippines, South America and Mexico, and are available all year round.
Storage and Handling
Store at room temperature.
It is thought bananas originated in the jungles of Malaysia. There is evidence that bananas were cultivated in Papua New Guinea around 5000 BC. It is likely that other species of wild bananas were domesticated in other areas of Southeast Asia also. Early travellers and settlers would carry the roots of the plant as they migrated to the Middle East and Africa. The Spanish explorers brought bananas to the Western Hemisphere.
There are two main varieties of bananas - sweet or plantain
Plantains are green and are eaten as a vegetable as they have a lower water content and are starchy
Bananas don’t grow on trees, they are actually related to the lily and orchid families
Bananas are easily digested and have twice as much Vitamin C as apples and pears
Globally, bananas rank fourth after rice, wheat and maize in human consumption
1 x bunch - 1kg
*Source: 5+a Day