Bananas are imported to NZ from the Philippines, South America and Mexico, and are available all year round.
Store at room temperature. Handle all fresh produce with care.
It is thought bananas originated in the jungles of Malaysia. There is evidence that bananas were cultivated in Papua New Guinea around 5000 BC. It is likely that other species of wild bananas were domesticated in other areas of Southeast Asia also. Early travellers and settlers would carry the roots of the plant as they migrated to the Middle East and Africa. The Spanish explorers brought bananas to the Western Hemisphere.
Serving size: 1 banana - 128g
|Avg Quantity per serving||Avg Quantity per 100g|
|Fat, total (g)||0.4||0.3|
|- saturated (g)||0.1||0.1|
|- sugars (g)||19.5||15.2|
|Dietary Fibre (g)||2.3||1.8|
|Vitamin B6 (mg)||0.40||0.31|
|Vitamin C (mg)||7.0||5.5|
Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 8th Edition, Plant & Food Research