Bananas are one of the most popular fruits in New Zealand. In fact, Kiwis eat more bananas per capita than anywhere else, getting through 18kg per person, per year according to Statistics NZ. As a snack, a baby food, or an energy boost for athletes, bananas are a sweet treat at any time of year.
Sweet, savoury, simple and special!
The humble banana is a fruit we tend to take for granted. So convenient and healthy, it makes the perfect snack at home, school, work, or on the run.
Bananas are without a doubt one of the tastiest, healthiest convenience foods that are available all year round. They are an excellent source of carbohydrate, the preferred fuel for muscle activity. The riper the banana is, the easier it is to digest and access this carbohydrate.
In NZ, Dole bananas are sourced from the Philippines and Ecuador.
All year round
Green bananas will ripen in your home at room temperature. Ripe bananas should be stored in a cool place to make them keep for longer. But don’t put them in the fridge, as the cold will make the skin turn grey and look unappetising. When they turn brown, they’re perfect to be stored in the freezer to use in baking – simply defrost when you’re ready to use them. You can also freeze them to use in smoothies –just make sure you remove the skin before you freeze them.
You can eat a banana anywhere, any time; it’s easy to carry in your bag, backpack or briefcase. Chop a banana on your salad or dessert. Delicious baked or fried too. Bananas taste even sweeter when the skin has a few brown spots – it’s the natural sugar coming through.
There are over 1000 different banana varieties. The most well-known variety in New Zealand is Cavendish. Bananas turn from green to yellow as they ripen. Dole bananas are harvested green, transported at cool temperatures and allowed to ripen at their destination. This means they arrive at your store fresh, firm and delicious.
Dole Banana Farm To Port Journey
From the Philippines to New Zealand & Asia