I’ve Got The Yes! We Have No Bananas BluesJune 22, 2011
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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!!