Nina Hill. Have you spotted bananas in shops that have different coloured tips? Located in the banana growing region of Innisfail in Queensland, what sets the Pacific Coast Eco Bananas apart from the rest is the sweet taste and the ethos behind what makes these bananas eco. The sweet taste of the Pacific Coast Eco Banana comes from the way it is grown with a significantly reduced amount of fertiliser and chemicals. The bananas are purposely fed the minimum amount of fertilizer to produce a bunch. This tactic also improves the taste and texture; creating bananas that are moister, firmer and sweeter. The reduction in fertiliser and chemicals is also the backbone of the ethics behind Pacific Coast Eco Bananas. The reduction maintains healthier soil on the Pacific Coast Produce farm.
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Our distinctive, safe and trademarked wax tip lets you know that our Eco Bananas have been grown by the hard work and love of every creature big and small on our farms. Our Eco Bananas have been grown with the least intervention of any farming system in the world, so that we can protect the soil for future farming, prevent chemicals organic and synthetic from polluting nearby waterways on the Great Barrier Reef and provide a healthy, nutritious snack for you and your family. Pacific Coast Eco Bananas are an Australian owned and grown product.
Several years ago, when I first began researching the source of my food, I was shocked to discover how bananas are grown. I had mistakenly assumed that, having such a thick skins, bananas would be reasonably protected from any chemical sprays something I now know to be a ridiculous assumption about any produce. Sadly, this iconic Australian fruit, a staple in most households, is plagued by the dreaded scab moth and rust thrip which can extensively damage crops. In order to protect the fruit, most farmers inject a potent insecticide directly into the bell as each bunch is growing. I found this incredibly disturbing — bananas were an almost daily snack for my two young children. For about a year I avoided the fruit altogether until a friend put me onto the red-tipped bananas grown by Frank and Dianne Sciacca at Pacific Coast Eco Bananas. While many people will have seen them in their local grocery store, very few understand the significance of the distinctive red-tipped banana.
Traditional farming involves using chemicals that sterilize the soil and kill insects both beneficial and pests. This then leaves the crop dependant on synthetic fertilisers for its source of nutrition. We normally buy ladyfinger bananas, but our fruit shop was out and we needed small bananas for our breakfast smoothies, so we got the red-tip kind instead. I had forgotten that a banana could taste so good.