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.

The Sweeter Banana Bread Pudding

Posted on 03.12.2014

The Fresh Buy West Eat Best magazine attached to the West Australian newspaper on the 27th of November published a very nice recipe made with the Sweeter Banana Bread . Here is the recipe again if you missed it!

Sweeter Banana Bread and Cranberry Pudding
1 loaf of Carnarvon Sweeter Banana Bread
6 eggs
3 cups of coconut milk
½ cup of dried cranberries (you can use sultanas if you don’t have cranberries)
Finely Grated zest of one lemon
Three tablespoons of castor sugar
Method
Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius
Butter a ceramic rectangular baking dish.
Slice the banana bread into 1 cm slices, toast lightly in a flat sandwich maker toaster. Butter the toasted slices on one site and layer in the casserole dish.
Mix the eggs, coconut milk, lemon zest and sugar and whisk until well combined.
Add the cranberries.
Pour the egg mix over the bread and allow to infuse for 10 minutes.
Place in the oven and cook for 45 minutes until custard is set.
Serve warm with cream
Makes at least 8 hearty servings!
*Extra tip – for that added banana flavor thinly slice some ripe Carnarvon Sweeter Bananas and layer between the slices of bread, sprinkle with brown sugar and watch the bananas caramelize..
Enjoy!

Page Last Modified: Wed 01 Apr 2015

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