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Past and future of the banana industry

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-13 Tue 12:11
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It is green, yellow, white and brown, it grows on trees, it looks like a boomerang, it has been with us for thousands of years and you can find it all over the planet and in many forms. What is it? Right, the banana. 

Over the past few decades, the banana trade has experienced an important rise thanks to the improvements made in shipping and ripening. Freshly harvested, unripened perishable products are loaded into the container and cooled to a holding temperature in a range of from about 14 to 21 degrees Celsius.

Use of very low oxygen concentrations and minimal ethylene concentrations can produce a fruit whose pulp is riper than indicated by the color of its peel. In other words, they ripen during transportation to the place where they will be sold.