Of Bananas

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By Chris Mittelstaedt

The 1878 edition of A Domestic Cyclopí¦dia of Practical Information, published  by Henry Holt & Company, explained to eager readers the uses for the banana:  “It is eaten raw, either alone or cut in slices with sugar and cream, or wine and  orange juice. It is also roasted, fried or boiled, and is made into fritters,  preserves and marmalades... They are found in our markets from March  to October.”

Of the banana it was said: “No other product of the vegetable  kingdom affords so much nutriment from a given space of  ground as the banana”¦” Today in the U.S., bananas are  imported from Central or South America year-round.  Guatemala and Ecuador grow bananas in opposite seasons,  and while you can cultivate bananas in certain parts of the U.S.  (the humid and tropical South and even some specific microclimates  in California), there are no “locally grown” bananas of significant volume.

Bananas are brought to us on ships while still green and are exposed to ethylene gas (a harmless  plant hormone, both naturally occurring and synthetically produced, used in the ripening process for  many vegetables and fruits). Bananas are transported and stored in their green state at around 57 °F  before being exposed to ethylene in controlled ripening rooms. Bananas are very delicate, and their  ripeness can change quickly due to temperature and humidity. We at The FruitGuys want you to know  that if we ever deliver a banana that has ripened too quickly or that you’re not satisfied with, please  contact us so we can replace it or credit you for it. At this time of year in colder areas of the country,  we may exclude bananas from mixes when extreme cold hits (they can turn black very quickly when  exposed to cold even for a short while). We always strive to work with local growers when season  and availability permit, and bananas are an exception to this rule, so if you prefer no bananas in  your mix, please let us know.

If you have a chance, check out my new blog on inc.com with articles on business innovation and inspiration.  And as always, visit fruitguys.com/mix to  check out what’s in your case this week and where it came from.

Enjoy and Be Fruitful!


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