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Banana

Similar Names
Musa acuminata
Top Producer
Grenada
0488 Cooking bananas
Democratic Republic of the Congo
0489 Plantains and others
New Caledonia
0484 Bananas Cavendish
Hong Kong
0485 Bananas non-Cavendish
India
0486 Bananas
Guyana
0487 Plantains
Top Exporter
Ecuador
080300 Bananas, including plantains, fresh or dried
Top Importer
Germany
080300 Bananas, including plantains, fresh or dried
Wholesale Prices
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$ 0.76 per kg
+8.2%
Oct, 2019
Jun 10
Oct 21
Product Intelligence of Banana

Grades of Banana

What are the specifications of Banana? (Grades, Sizes, Colors, etc..)
General Information

Philippine Bananas are classified in three classes as defined below:

1. Extra class – Banana in this class must be of superior quality. It must have all the typical characteristics and color of the variety and/or commercial type. It must be mature, clean, well-formed, well-trimmed and free of decay, split fingers, loose fingers, bruises, blemishes and discoloration caused by diseases, insects, molds, latex burn, and mechanical damage. Very slight superficial defects are allowed, provided these do not affect the general appearance of the produce, the quality, the keeping quality and presentation in the package.

2. Class I – Banana in this class must be of good quality. It must have all the typical characteristics and color of the variety and/or commercial type. It must be mature, clean, well-formed, well-trimmed and free of decay, split fingers, loose fingers, bruises, blemishes and discoloration caused by diseases, insects, molds, latex burn, and mechanical damage. Slight defects of the fingers, however, may be allowed, provided these do not affect the general appearance of the produce, the quality, the keeping quality and presentation in the package:

• slight defects in shape and color

• slight defects on the skin due to rubbing and other defects such sunburns and blemishes not exceeding 5 % of the total surface area.

The defects must not, in any case, affect the flesh of the fruit.

3. Class II – This class includes banana which do not qualify for inclusion in higher classes but satisfy the minimum requirements specified in Section 5. The following defects, however, may be allowed, provided the banana retain their essential characteristics as regards the quality, the keeping quality and presentation in the package:

• defects in shape and color;

• defects on the skin due to rubbing and other defects such as sunburn and blemishes not exceeding 10% of the total surface area.

The defects must not, in any case, affect the flesh of the fruit. 

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Product Description
General Information

-Banana, a monoecious monocotyledonous plant belonging to the family Musacea, is the largest herbaceous plant in the world

-It is often considered a tree as it grows normally up to 3m in height and is fairly robust. However, the stem is in fact a pseudostem that grows from a corm.

-Banana is a great nutritional source composed mainly of water and carbohydrate that provides energy in the human body. It is a good source of Vitamin A, B, C and some mineral, particularly Phosphorus, Magnesium, Potassium and dietary fiber. It contains high levels of carbohydrate that provides energy. One banana fruit provides 380 mg which is more than an adult’s daily requirements of Potassium (Englberger, 2003). Banana with yellow to orange pulp contains high levels of pro-Vitamin A carotenoids (pVACs) that can be converted into Vitamin A.

Banana has several uses in food, industry, medicine and decorative purposes. The center succulent part of the pseudostem can be consumed as vegetable. The pseudostem, aside from feeds for hogs and cattles, can also be used as source of fiber and organic fertilizer. Banana leaves can be used as food wraps for leaf industry (Temanel, 2008) while the roots, stalk and peduncle can be used as organic fertilizer. Banana can also be processed into flour, puree, jam, jelly, wine, powder, dye, flakes, catsup and banana chips. Moreover, banana can be used as: umbrella (leaves), glue (starch), necklace (seeds), ornaments (decorative type), dye (banana sap), shampoo, and intercrop.

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