An Australian family business has gone bananas after they accidentally discovered a new super food.
For many years Rob Watkins and his family were among the largest banana growers in Australia, specializing in a variety known as Lady Fingers. This variety requires 25-30% more labour to grow than ordinary Cavendish bananas and also has a reduction of 50% less plants per acre due to their height. But week after week Rob would find himself disposing tonnes of beautiful Lady Fingers because they were too big, too straight or too bendy for the supermarket giants. The fruit was perfectly good for eating and packed full of nutrients, but the only species that would flock to the area were local wallabies and cattle. They were eating as many green Lady Fingers their tummies could handle.
Orders began pouring in and now the couple’s Natural Evolution business is turning out five tonnes a week from a plant on their property, most of it for export to Japan and Europe.Demand has grown so strongly their 320-hectare property is at
capacity and they are bringing in extra bananas from other growers. It
has provided a profitable potential for the 500 tonnes of bananas dumped
every week in Australia because they are the wrong size or shape for
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