Tenerife and its banana fields
How do bananas grow? Tenerife? Bananas! There are bananas on terraces. Bananas also grow on mountain slopes. Bananas on fields falling to the sea. The banana plantations in Tenerife are available in the southwest of the island in all possible locations. With a view of mountains. Clinging to slopes or fields leaking flat to the sea. There they stretch their leaf fronds like tin soldiers towards the sun. It was a few years ago that we were in Tenerife, but the banana fields between Los Cristianos and Los Gigantes are still in our memory. They impressed us. Especially because some farmers grow their perennials on land that is so impassable that it is still a mystery to us how they can harvest the banana tufts there. After all, these weigh up to 50 kg.
Where do bananas grow in Tenerife?
How do bananas grow in Tenerife? We mainly saw the plantations in the south, but also in the north of Tenerife you grow the plants. Bananas are delicate. Therefore, they are often covered with tarpaulins to protect them from the winds and the sun. Tenerife's bananas are smaller and sweeter than the bananas we buy at the grocery store. The 90% of the annual harvest is sold to Europe. Thus, the value of bananas for the economy of the island is very high.
When do you harvest the bananas?
The island's bananas taste best if you eat them shortly after harvest. You do not harvest ripe bananas. Bananas are still green when cut off. Then they are allowed to lie until their shell has assumed a uniform, yellow color. This is the reason why today bananas can even be transported to regions that are far away. There, they deliver fresh to the end customer despite the long trade routes. On board the ships you slow down the growth of the fruits. This is done by storing them at 13,2 degrees. Only in the banana ripening in the destination destinations to raise the temperature again. This is how the banana travel process gets going again. In support of this, the fruit is injected with ethylene, a gas that develops the fruit itself.
What do you do with bananas in Tenerife?
Only ten percent of the banana harvest stays in Tenerife. Here they are processed into banana liqueur, among other things. Banana cake is often sold in cafes on the island. You can also buy the small squat bananas in the supermarkets. You should definitely try these once. They taste very different from the ones we know from local supermarkets. Much more intense and sweeter! Incidentally, it is also worth taking a look at Tenerife's kitchens. Here you can find out more about what to eat in Tenerife.
And here are some views of banana plantations in Tenerife:
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