Banana Bread to help growers get through tough times

A group of Carnarvon Banana Growers has announced that bananas, salvaged after Tropical Cyclone Olwyn destroyed Banana Plantations in Carnarvon, will be turned into banana bread to sustain growers through the next 12 months.

Launched in Perth today by Minister for Agriculture the Hon Ken Baston, Woolworths will be the first major retailer to stock the Western Australian sourced and made Sweeter Banana Bread, growing its distribution to 30 Woolworth’s stores in WA.
Speaking at the launch of Sweeter Banana Bread into select Woolworths Perth stores, Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston applauded the co-operative members for their entrepreneurial response during a very difficult period for Carnarvon growers.
“Cooperative members are not giving up despite the setbacks and they are doing everything they can to provide their customers with a product.” Said Minister Baston.

Owned and operated by 25 farmers on family run farms, The Sweeter Banana Cooperative was formed in 1993 to develop the Carnarvon Sweeter Banana brand, providing delicious local produce to local customers.

The unique environmental growing conditions of the Carnarvon Sweeter Banana make it a sweeter and creamier sub-tropical banana than its Tropical North Queensland cousins. However, these same unique environmental conditions can also result in bananas being damaged with superficial skin markings, rendering the fruit unsuitable for retail sale but still perfect eating. To combat wastage, the farmers came up with a solution; Sweeter Banana Bread.

The all-natural Sweeter Banana Bread contains Carnarvon bananas along with other locally sourced ingredients including flour, eggs and sour cream. The result is a sustainable product that not only minimises wastage but also further supports the wider Western Australian Farming Industry.
Sweeter Banana Co-operative is part of the Buy West Eat Best labelling program, run by the Department of Agriculture and Food.
The program provides Western Australian consumers and the local food industry with a food-specific brand to clearly identify Western Australian grown, farmed, fished and produced food products.

The Sweeter Banana Co-operative Business Manager, Doriana Mangili said, “Our farmers have been producing bananas for more than 30 years but the effects of Tropical Cyclone Olwyn have been devastating to the Western Australian banana industry, destroying nearly all of our crops. We will be out of production for at least the next 9 months.”

“The crops that we were able to salvage have gone into our Sweeter Banana Bread. By buying our delicious banana bread, you’re also supporting the Western Australian banana industry at a time we need it the most.”

Woolworths Local Sourcing Manager for WA, Lynne Vawser said, “The Sweeter Banana Co-operative has been supplying our WA customers with some of the best tasting bananas and our customers love being able to choose local produce. We are extremely pleased to now stock their delicious Sweeter Banana Bread. ”

The 600g loaf of the Sweeter Banana Bread is available in 30 Woolworths stores in WA and retails for $6.99.

Double dosage of Potassium and Magnesium in Sweeter Banana

Posted on 18.10.2012

Curtin University study indicates that West Australian bananas have double the dosage of Potassium and Magnesium then other bananas.        

 

The Curtin University studied the taste and nutrition facts in West Australian sub-tropical bananas compared to tropical grown bananas from Queensland. 9 out of 10 people could taste the difference and 8 out of 10 preferred the taste of WA bananas.
When they measured the mineral content they discovered something remarkable. The organisation of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) measured in 2010 that 100 gram of ripe Cavendish Bananas had 346mg of potassium and 31mg of magnesium.
The same study (AOAC method 985.35) was made by the Curtin University in 2012 on West Australian bananas and they measured remarkably 708.81 mg potassium and 59.45mg magnesium in 100 gram of ripe Sweeter Bananas from Carnarvon!
Several studies have mentioned that the location and the mineral composition of the soil are major factors that affect the composition of minerals of fruit. Therefore, as FSANZ did not specify the origins of the bananas, the results obtained indicates that West Australian Cavendish bananas have a higher mineral contents.

Potassium and magnesium are both considered macro minerals since the body needs large amounts of them to operate efficiently, states the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Both minerals play a major role in the body's overall health.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/86292-foods-rich-potassium-magnesium/#ixzz29cAGBDuo

Page Last Modified: Wed 01 Apr 2015

BUY LOCAL

Carnarvon is located 900km north of Perth in Western Australia...

Read more »

WHY WE ARE SWEETER?

NO GMO, just bananas growing as nature intended, slowly and naturally and creating a yummy healthy bananas for you to eat...

Read more »

MEET THE GROWERS

Meet the colourful bunch of growers that bring to you sweeter bananas...

Read more »

SWEETER PRODUCTS

At Sweeter Banana we use only environmentaly friendly techniques to bring you the freshest and tastiest sweeter bananas...

Read more »

SWEETER RECIPES

We know bananas, why not try some of our famous sweeter recipes, you won't be disappointed...

Read more »

To get in touch
Today's Weather in Carnarvon