It’s quite a good feeling harvesting a bunch of bananas worth $176 from your own garden! With recent storms and floods in Queensland damaging banana plantations, the price of bananas in Oz is creeping up, and is already at $6 a kilo in our local supermarkets. Organic bananas are always a little more pricey, and a local on-line retailer is now selling them for $8.50 a kilo.
In our recent banana harvest, we reaped 148 beautiful organic Cavendish bananas. They’re a pretty good size, just a little smaller than those you find at the shops (what do they do to make those monstrous bananas??). The total weight of this banana bunch came in at 20.72 kilos. At the price of organic bananas ($8.50), our haul is worth $176.12. You can pick up Cavendish banana plants at local nurserys at the moment for $18, making them quite a worthwhile investment! In our subtropical climate, bananas will fruit after two years, while in the true topics, they’ll fruit in a little as nine months.
So what does one do with 148 bananas? Well they do ripen somewhat progressively, and we freeze the excess ripe ones by peeling the skin off, cutting them in half and stacking them in containers.
For more info on growing bananas see our previous post.