Felix Loja (and other farmers)
plant and care for your banana on their
small-Scale farms in Ecuador and Peru
After 12 months of growth,
Bananas are harvested
At packing stations, the bananas
Undergo quality inspection, are washed
And packed into boxes
Farmers choose the mode of transport
To the centro de Acopio,
horseback or truck?
At the Centro de Acopio, boxes are loaded
into refrigerated** shipping containers
(each box is 40 lbs, 960 boxes per container)
**Bananas are very sensitive to temperature changes
and must be held at 58-59*F until they are eaten!
Bananas Ship to the USA (9-11 days)
Containers arrive at the port
and undergo Agriculture inspection
Green bananas are
Ripened, using a natural gas
called Ethylene, in ripening
rooms such as these ones
Distributors deliver Yellow
bananas to a store near you!
Take home and enjoy!
Total time from farm to kitchen: 4-5 weeks
After all that, can you believe your banana is only .99c/lb?
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