Banana Growers at Coffs Harbour were smashed last weekend, with some banana growers losing all or part of their trees. That’s a big blow: it takes about 8-9 months to re-grow the runners and have fruit ready to harvest.
For once, the show is on the other foot: over the past 10 years, North-Queensland banana growers have been wiped out twice in the last
decade: first in 2006 (cyclone Larry) and then again in 2011 (cyclone Yasi).
In 2014, cyclone Ita threatened for a while before it was downgraded to a category 4 storm.
During both cyclone disasters, Coffs Harbour growers (as well as growers in Carnarvon in WA) did stiff business when bananas retailed for well over $10 a Kg.
As Coffs Harbour accounts for less than 10% of national banana volume, and as not all growers have been impacted, we’re not expecting significant price movements. So, Coffs bananas will at times suffer from limited availability.
Panama Passionfruit abound this week and you might like to make the Banana passionfruit bread.
Banana passionfruit bread
Recipe Type: Cake
Author: Harvest Hub
This bread is a healthy snack and something the kids can help make.
134g wholemeal self-raising flour
20g regular flour
½ tsp ground cinnamon
70g brown sugar
1 eggs, light beaten
25g butter, melted
1 over ripe banana, mashed
2 passion fruit
25g shredded coconut
Spray olive oil
Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
Oil a loaf pan then line with overlapping baking paper.
Ina bowl sift the flours, cinnamon, and sugar. In another bowl place milk, eggs, melted butter, banana. Using a sieve remove seeds (keep seeds for garnish) from passionfruit and add to this bowl.
In one bowl then combine wet and dry ingredients stirring while adding oats and shredded coconut. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the surface. Top with some passionfruit seeds and shredded coconut.
Bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. Serve cold or toast.