Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Yes, We Have No Bananas

So goes the song. I just read a story in the New York Times which suggested that bananas may soon cost $1.00 a pound. For years they have been priced around 20+ to 30+ cents per pound. Ecuador is the largest exporter of bananas. But Ecuador has had severe flooding lately. When you think of all the careful handling and miles bananas have go through to get here, one has to wonder why the price has not gone higher before. Fruits grown in this country have risen in price more and faster than the lowly banana. They don't even have to have travel that far either.Just look at apples. Prices for this fruit are getting a lot higher, as is much of our other domestic fruit. Transportation costs (fuel) is a big factor in the increase of fresh produce. But until recently the bananas have bucked the trend. Now, however, there is concern that will end and prices of bananas will join other produce in the lofty price group.

Maybe I should buy a banana tree. I have seen several growing around town. I wonder if they are any good. Poor little banana. Gas costs are rising daily, electric bills are sky rocketing. Now bananas are going up. What next?


quilly said...

Bananas are $1.09 on our island, and they grow here. What are they costing on the mainland?

cube said...

We have plantain trees by the pool. If they're any indication of how a banana tree grows, then you won't have to do anything. They're easy.

Dr.John said...

I'm going to have to quit eating banana splits.

maria said...

The poor people who work at those banana plants are not the ones who are going to enjoy a better life because of the price increase.

Too bad!