It isn’t just a simple cropping of fruit and sending to market. There are steps that must be followed for a full ripe crop of bananas.
Bananas soaking in water waiting for processing.
Did you know that the banana tree is only harvested once in a lifetime.
Man harvesting one of many banana trees.
Bananas are placed in a pool of water for 20-30 minutes to stop a latex emission from coming out of the top of the bunch before they are packaged. The bananas are also hung on a cable car for transportation to the packing area.
A machete is the tool that is used to harvest bananas.
When a banana tree is cut down a new one is planted in its place.
When bananas are harvested they are placed on a special sponge so that they aren’t damaged during transportation.
Bananas are so heavy that they are secured with tape to keep them from falling off.
Banana harvesting is very hard physical labor.
Workers check the fruit at a processing plant.
The selection of fruit is carried out mainly by women.
During the quality selection process only 5-6% are not passed.
Bananas unsuitable for the export are sold at the local market.
Banana production is not only a process, it is also a culture and a history in many countries in Latin America.
The final stage is packaging.