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Lakatan Banana

Your perfect on-the-go snacks!

Bananas are probably the most popular and the most widely consumed fruit in the world. Available all year round, bananas are a sweet treat anytime of the year.  

With its natural packaging, bananas are portable and easy to consume that is why they make a perfect on-the-go-snack. Bananas are highly nutritious, too.

The banana is an elongated, curved, tropical fruit with a smooth outer skin that peels off easily when the fruit is ripe. Bananas are harvested, packed, and shipped while still green but may be ripened under controlled conditions before being delivered to the retail market. Yellow bananas are fully ripe when the skin has brown colored spots.

DOLE® Bananas are sweet, nutritious, and easy to carry in lunch bags, backpacks, briefcases, and purses.

DOLE® Bananas are made available in singles, clusters, and hands to cater to the varying preferences of consumers and trade channels. 


Available all-year round


Nutrition

Bananas help promote heart health!

At about 110 calories per medium banana (126g), bananas are a Superfood for your heart, providing an excellent source of vitamin B6 and a good source of potassium, fiber and vitamin C -nutrients that help keep your heart happy.


A Naturally Fat-Free Food

A Naturally Cholesterol-Free Food

A Naturally Very Low Sodium Food

Good source of Potassium

Good source of Dietary Fiber

Good Source of Vitamin C


*Reference: The Dole Nutrition Handbook (v. July 2006) 


Tips


Selecting

Choose bananas according to desired ripeness and peel color. As bananas ripen, brown colored spots known as “sugar spots” normally appear on its skin.


Storing

Remove bananas from plastic produce bag and store at room temperature. Store in a well-ventilated location that is not exposed to sunlight.


 The warmer it is, the faster the banana will ripen.

To slow ripening, refrigerate (peel will turn black but the fruit inside will be fresh and ripe)

Bananas can be frozen once the banana is peeled and stored in a freezer bag until ready to use (use a bit of lemon juice to prevent browning)

If the bananas are too green, place them in a brown paper bag, in a warm dry area (but not in direct sunlight) for a day or two to encourage ripening. If there is still not enough yellow appearing on the peel, place a ripe apple in the bag with the bananas.

To prevent the fruit from bruising, you can either place the bananas in a cushioned fruit basket or use banana hangers.


Storage during summer months

Bananas perish easily at temperature of 250C and higher. At such times, try to consume the fruit as quickly as possible. When you are unable to finish off the bananas, peel of their skins, wrap them individually with a plastic kitchen wrap and store them in the freezer to make frozen bananas. This comes in handy when making banana smoothies.


How to use

Select full-yellow bananas for salads or immediate eating. Use fully ripe bananas, with the sugar spots on the peel for baking, smoothies, or recipes that specify mashed bananas.

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HARVEST TIME LINE

Growing sunshine takes knowledge, patience, and passion. Our fruits are cultivated and harvested with the utmost care and precision by the hands of our hardworking farmers.

Our pineapples are grown through the help of the precise knowledge of our scientists and the passionate hands of our farmers. The principle cultivation and harvesting of Dole Pineapples is done in the fertile soils of Mindanao, Philippines. With its perfect temperatures and plentiful sunshine all year round it’s a great place to plant pineapples.

The entire harvest and packing process ensures that the pineapples arrive at their respective markets in their peak condition.

Pineapple Propagation

Pineapple seed comes largely from the same fields that recently produced fruit, in the form of crowns removed from fruit utilized in the cannery and from vegetative regrowth produced by the mother plant. These are removed, precisely classified by size, and then planted onto raised beds on land carefully prepared for pineapple production with optimum soil tilth, drainage, and erosion control.

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Growing and Harvest

It takes around 16 months for the pineapples to be ready for harvest. During that time the plants are carefully tended by our farmers while they grow to a size where they can produce a desirable fruit. Each plant produces only one fruit during this time period so it is important to take great care to nurture them continuously. Harvesting pineapples is done by hand with the help of specially built boom harvesters. Our hand pickers go through thousands of pineapple fruits, row upon row, choosing the best fruits at the correct level of ripeness. Several harvest rounds are required over 1-2 weeks to ensure that all the fruit is harvested at its peak. A pineapple fruit does not ripen further after being removed from the plant, so Dole expertise in this operation ensures that you the customer receive and enjoy our fruit at its best moment.

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Packing

After harvesting the pineapples, they are transported to a Dole packhouse in specially designed bins, unloaded with great care and then washed thoroughly to remove any minor dust that might be on the fruit from its time in the open fields. The pineapples are then properly sorted, labelled, boxed, and packed per market. After packing, they are cooled and then transported to Dole’s cold storage facilities at the wharf or container shipping port in refrigerated containers.

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Shipping

At Dole’s cold storage facilities in Davao, the packed pineapples are stored in cool temperatures to maintain their freshness. They are then loaded in refrigerated ships to be distributed to various markets around Asia and the Middle East.

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HARVEST TIME LINE

Growing sunshine takes knowledge, patience, and passion. Our fruits are cultivated and harvested with the utmost care and precision by the hands of our hardworking farmers.

Our pineapples are grown through the help of the precise knowledge of our scientists and the passionate hands of our farmers. The principle cultivation and harvesting of Dole Pineapples is done in the fertile soils of Mindanao, Philippines. With its perfect temperatures and plentiful sunshine all year round it’s a great place to plant pineapples.

The entire harvest and packing process ensures that the pineapples arrive at their respective markets in their peak condition.

Harvest

Harvesting papaya is carefully done by hand using a special picking device. Each fruit is covered with a shock protective “coat” to keep it from bruising while it is shipped to Dole’s packing sheds.

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Packing

In the packing sheds, the papayas are washed, wrapped, labelled, and packed in carton boxes. They are transported in refrigerated trucks to Dole’s cold storage at the port in Davao, Philippines to ensure the papayas’ freshness.

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Shipping

From the cold storage, the fresh papayas are loaded onto ships to be distributed to various markets.

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HARVEST TIME LINE

Growing sunshine takes knowledge, patience, and passion. Our fruits are cultivated and harvested with the utmost care and precision by the hands of our hardworking farmers.

Our pineapples are grown through the help of the precise knowledge of our scientists and the passionate hands of our farmers. The principle cultivation and harvesting of Dole Pineapples is done in the fertile soils of Mindanao, Philippines. With its perfect temperatures and plentiful sunshine all year round it’s a great place to plant pineapples.

The entire harvest and packing process ensures that the pineapples arrive at their respective markets in their peak condition.

Banana Propagation

In Dole’s biotech laboratories, banana suckers are carefully sliced and grown under laboratory conditions for weeks to prevent diseases from infecting the plants. This process also allows the roots to develop in preparation for further growth in the nurseries.

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Nurseries

In the nurseries, each banana plant is replanted into a bag of specially prepared growing medium where it is nurtured to further growth for eight weeks. This readies the banana plants for planting in the farms.

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Land Preparation

Before transplanting the banana plants into the farms, the land is prepared according to the recommendations of our soil scientists for each unique farm. This process provides the plants with optimum growing conditions, taking into account ideal field layout, correct drainage and control to prevent soil erosion.

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Planting and Cultivation

Each young banana plant is carefully planted by hand and looked after by our farmers and growers until they are ready for harvesting. Based on many years of production experience and strongly supported by our Dole research scientists, all of our agricultural practices are carried out with the objective of ensuring ideal crop nurturing and generation of high-quality bananas while keeping our workers safe and minimizing any impact on the environment. We operate managed farms and also source fruit from independent growers who work with us under long-term contractual arrangements. We provide our independent growers with technical support to ensure high standards are met at every step of the growing and production process.

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Harvesting

To ensure our bananas reach shop shelves and consumers in optimum condition, the fruit is always picked green. This enables precise and proper ripening prior to reaching stores. As part of the harvesting process the fruit is cut from the stem and carried on a special conveyor system direct from the farm to the packing sheds.

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Packing

In the packing sheds, the banana “hands” are removed from the stem and then washed thoroughly to ensure cleanliness. They can be packed as hands or cut into clusters or individual fingers and sometimes packed as “consumer packs” depending on customer requests which vary country by country. However, the Dole quality level is the same high standard regardless of market. To prevent bruising and damage via transport, special care in taken when packing the fruit into boxes.

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Shipping

The packed bananas are loaded into refrigerated containers for land transportation from the packhouse to the port and then are either loaded onto Dole’s refrigerated ships or shipped directly in the same container to the market. Either way, the produce is kept at an optimal temperature during shipment.

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Ripening and Distribution

Upon arrival in the market, ships and containers are unloaded and must pass the Dole quality assurance inspections and all national requirements for imported fruits. Subsequently our bananas are moved to ripening facilities and then onward to grocery stores. This schedule is carefully managed so as to provide tasty yellow fruit that delights in eating pleasure.

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