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Who do you think is Europes largest banana-producer?

Posted by mrbungalow Z8, SW-Norway (sorlifish@hotmail.com) on
Sat, Aug 12, 06 at 10:02

Is it Cypress? Is it Madeira? Or maybe the Canaries?

No, it's actually Iceland!!! They are further north than me! I am having trouble believing it myself! But take a look!

Here is a link that might be useful: Scandinavian Banana Republic


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RE: Who do you think is Europes largest banana-producer?

Wait a moment! That wording is ambiguous. It can mean

1. the largest producer in Europe

or

2. the largest producer to Europe

I would have guessed most bananas consumed in Europe are imported from Asia.


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RE: Who do you think is Europes largest banana-producer?

Dilbert,
Most bananas consumed in europe are from central and south america (mostly colombia/costa rica/dominican rep)
Simon


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RE: Who do you think is Europes largest banana-producer?

Answer number 1 is most likely correct. I have certainly never seen icelandic bananas in the stores. Anyway, hope iceland treats their plantation-workers a little better than some big producers in the americas.

Europe hardly imports any bananas from Asia, most bananas come from central and south America.


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RE: Who do you think is Europes largest banana-producer?

While in Norway a few years ago, we saw some nice banana plants growing inside the Bergen Botanical Gardens greenhouse. Unfortunately it was closed that day; I would have loved to talk to the caretakers. Paul.


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RE: Who do you think is Europes largest banana-producer?

Flatwoods, so you've been to Bergen! Hope you liked the city, in spite of high prices and rain!

Those bananas growing in that greenhouse are actually musa sikkimensis. They came from india a very long time ago as pups, and still produce pups and fruit continuosuly. I have tasted the bananas too, they are as they say sweet but full of hard seeds.
If you ever come back to Bergen, give me a call. I know the caretakers, and they'll be happy to take you behind the scenes.

Erlend


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RE: Who do you think is Europes largest banana-producer?

"Europe hardly imports any bananas from Asia, most bananas come from central and south America"

I wonder why. I expect transportation costs to be cheaper from India and southern China.


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RE: Who do you think is Europes largest banana-producer?

Dilbert;
I suspect part of the reason are global companies such as Chiquita and Dole, having most of the worlds market and most of their farms in these areas. I have heard from somewhere that southeast asia is plagued with various diseases too. But someone else might know more about this than me.

Erlend


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