Bananas are high in fiber and three natural sugars glucose, sucrose and fructose, giving us a huge energy boost. Bananas combat depressions, make you smarter, cure hangovers, relieve morning sickness, protect against kidney cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and blindness. Bananas reduce swelling, protect against type ii diabetes, aid weight loss, strengthen the nervous system, and help with the production of white blood cells, all due to high levels of vitamin b-6. Strengthen your blood and relieve anemia with the added iron from bananas. Rich in pectin, bananas aid digestion and gently eliminate toxins and heavy metals from the body. Bananas act as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel.
Learn how Morena Mia bananas gets from the plant to your kitchen.
Bananas are large flowering plants that grow from 10-20 feet tall. Each plant usually produces a small stem that contains many hands of bananas.
When the plant is 9 months old it produces a long stem and flower. The flower is removed, and the entire stem is bagged to protect the fruit and speed up growth. The two lowest "hands" of fruit are removed to ensure that the bananas get enough nutrition to grow to size.
As the fruit matures, each bunch needs more support and cushioning. A special plastic named “protectores” layered between bunches to protect them. Waiting eleven weeks after flowering, the fruit is ready to harvest.
After 12 months of growth, bananas are ready for harvest.
Bananas are harvested every 8-10 days. A sample “finger” is taken to ensure quality of the harvest.
The sample is sliced; the middle and fruit color and consistency are inspected.
If the fruit is too yellow or dehydrated the fruit is past harvest and not suitable for export.
If the sample is good, the entire bunch is removed from the plant.
It is lowered to the ground and taken to the cable leading to the packing area.
At the packing area, the plastic bags and padding between the bananas are removed.
A couple of bananas are removed to inspect quality.
Bananas are washed, and each hand is cut from the stem.
Fresh bananas produce sticky latex.
It is mandatory soaking bath with special soft soap to remove it before packing.
Once cut into smaller bunches they are checked again for quality issues and allowed to soak further time.
After soaking for 30 minutes to remove excess dirt and latex, bunches are pulled toward the packing section.
The sorter arranges the bananas into rows by size.
Workers label the bananas with Morena Mia stickers.
Bunches are then delicately packed by hand according to size and weight.
Each box is marked with a producer code so the bananas can be identified back to a particular grower.
Each 22XU box is 43 lbs to European countries or USA and to full a container with 1080 boxes with pallets.
China market uses box 208 of 31 lbs and to full a container with 1500 boxes without pallets.
Both, Boxes are loaded into refrigerated containers and the trip days depend on destination.
Bananas are shipped in refrigerated shipping containers to any country.
Bananas are very sensitive to temperature changes and must be kept at 58-59f.
After bananas arrive in the port, green bananas are ripened, using a natural gas called ethylene, in ripening rooms for 4-5 days.
After all this, just enjoying!