Volcanic Grit, Water Shortage Threaten La Palma’s Banana Crop

Once the ash lands on the bananas, it is almost impossible to remove.

And it causes further damage in the handling, transport and packing, with the huge bunches, which are known as “pineapples” and can weigh up to 70 kilos (150 pounds), carried on the shoulders.

“You have to blast it off with water or something — to be honest, I don’t know how to do it,” said Sanchez, 60, who owns a small plantation. “When the dew forms overnight, it really makes the grit stick, and in the morning it just won’t come off.”

Can’t be sold

The skin blackens in the form of a scratch but nothing like the brownish-black markings that show the fruit is ripe.

And although the banana is perfect, it is rejected and cannot be sold.

“European quality regulations ban the sale of bananas with more than four square centimeters of scratches per fruit, even if they are perfect inside and can be eaten without risk,” said Esther Dominguez of ASPROCAN, which represents banana producers in the Canary Islands.

The volcano’s eruption has predominantly hurt the Aridane valley on the western flank of La Palma, although the problem caused by volcanic ash and grit has affected a much wider area.
— Read on www.voanews.com/a/volcanic-grit-water-shortage-threaten-la-palma-s-banana-crop/6263865.html

Everything You Need To Know About Blue Java Banana That Tastes Like Vanilla Ice Cream

Apart from the regular yellow banana and the raw green banana, chances are you have come across the red banana. But have you ever seen a blue banana? No, right? Well, you might find this bizarre, but a blue banana actually exists and it apparently tastes like vanilla ice cream!

— Read on www.idiva.com/lifestyle/food/everything-you-need-to-know-about-blue-java-banana-that-tastes-like-vanilla-ice-cream/18019238

Taiwan goes bananas over its favorite fresh fruit | Taiwan News | 2021/04/16

GO BANANAS is hosted by the Taiwan Banana Research Institute (TBRI) in collaboration with Taiwan Sugar Corporation, NAN ART, and the Cultural & Creativity Development Foundation. Founded in 1970 and based in Jiuru Township, Pingtung County, the TBRI is dedicated to promoting Taiwan’s banana industry.

The TBRI is known for developing six disease-resistant varieties. It has helped numerous local farmers mass-produce disease-resistant banana trees.

Taiwan’s world-leading banana expertise has led to many collaborations with other countries, such as Australia. Once called the “pride of Taiwan,” the nation’s bananas were world-famous during the golden era of the banana industry in the 1960s and ’70s.
— Read on www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4179153

Malawi farmers begin to bounce back after banana blight

Masauko Maulidi looks out on his banana fields, content that he is finally back in action as a banana farmer after the shock of the devastating Banana Bunchy Top Virus (BBTV) that devastated Malawi’s…
— Read on www.rfi.fr/en/africa/20210416-malawi-farmers-begin-to-bounce-back-after-banana-blight

Can ‘Banana Buffers’ Save California From Wildfires? – Gastro Obscura

Can ‘Banana Buffers’ Save California From Wildfires? – Gastro Obscura
— Read on www.atlasobscura.com/articles/bananas-california-fires