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I’ve Got The Yes! We Have No Bananas Blues

June 22, 2011

The Evolution of Ripening Bananas

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Queensland banana-growers have been severely affected by a string of bad weather which has led to an extreme shortage of bananas and astronomical prices between $14-$20 per kilo this Winter.

It all started with Cyclone Larry in 2006 which destroyed 80-90% of  Australia’s banana crops. The growers are barely recovered when the floods earlier this year and Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi in February ripped a new one in the banana industry.

Strict quarantine laws control the import of bananas from the Philipines or India which means we don’t import bananas at all.

I am seriously jonesing for some bananas.  A decadent three-banana split with ice-cream, whipped cream, chocolate topping, and nuts.  Lots of nuts.

The good news is that we have a glut of locally-grown navel oranges, dropping prices to less than $2 a kilogram.  There’s only so many oranges one can eat though.

Seriously, sliding into 2012 with no bananas in Australia?  I don’t remember signing up for this!!

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