Fun and fruity banana, pineapple, and paw paw grower Dole is encouraging Kiwis to ‘go bananas’ to celebrate this year’s International Banana Day, took place on Wednesday 17th April 2019.
Whether that’s simply trying a new banana-based recipe, getting outside your comfort zone and trying a new hobby, or ticking off that bucket list item, Dole is all about going bananas in a good way on International Banana Day.
New Zealanders are very fond of the yellow fruit, getting through 18kg of bananas each per year according to Statistics New Zealand. It’s no wonder given that bananas are a fantastic source of potassium, fibre and protein, making them a convenient and healthy snack for any time of the day.
Dole New Zealand General Manager Steve Barton says, “Bananas are the ultimate all-rounder fruit – both tasty and packed with nutrition, it’s about time we celebrate this humble fruit! We want Kiwis to get in on the fun by doing something a little ‘bananas’ on Wednesday 17th April, and of course by adding bananas to the day’s menu.”
As part of the day’s celebrations, Dole has teamed up with talented recipe creators Chloe Moir of Chloe Moir Nutrition, Dane McGregor of Baker Gatherer, and Aliesha Adsett of My Little Village to create bespoke banana-licious recipes – perfect for whipping up on the day.
From gluten and dairy free Baked Banoffee Slice and a Banana ‘Nicecream’ Smoothie Bowl to a decadent Peanut Butter and Banana Tart, there’s a recipe to suit all palates and please every member of the family this International Banana Day. Or, given the timing, why not try a banana Easter recipe like Dole’s delicious Easter Banoffee Cheesecake or Hot Cross Bun French Toast?
Bananas are not only a delicious and healthy food – they’re also guilt-free, thanks to their sustainability factor. Dole’s Ecuador bananas and Bobby Bananas are proudly certified by Rainforest Alliance and bear the little green frog emblem certification seal. This certification reinforces Dole’s commitment to sustainability, worker’s wellbeing and high-quality products, and ensures Kiwis can make sure they’re shopping sustainably for looking for the green frog emblem.
Dole is also proud to support local sustainability efforts alongside the Motutapu Restoration Trust; an ecological restoration project designed to rebuild the natural and cultural landscapes of Motutapu Island. Funding helps with a kiwi release programme and habitat development for species like the Coromandel brown kiwi, takahe, and tieke (saddleback).
Fun banana facts for International Banana Day:
- There are 1,000 banana varieties in the world. The most common in New Zealand is the cavendish.
- Bananas are said to have teeth whitening properties, harnessed by rubbing the inside of a banana peel on your teeth for two minutes.
- Over 100 billion bananas are consumed annually worldwide.
- A single banana is called a finger, and a cluster of bananas is called a hand.
- Banana peels should not be discarded – they are great used in the garden as fertiliser due to their phosphorous and potassium content. Or you could try the latest vegan trend – ‘pulled pork’ made with banana skins!
- Banana plants can grow up to 10m tall.